Conversations about public health may have flowed over coffee yesterday (16 Sep), but they also took place online. On Twitter alone more than 1000 people got involved, Tweeting over 4000 times using the #PHE2014 hashtag.
This blog provides a brief snapshot of some of the key online discussions and documents shared during Day 1 of the Public Health England annual conference.
PHE Chief Executive Duncan Selbie opened the event by outlining some key health risks and priorities:
— Kevin Fenton (@ProfKevinFenton) September 16, 2014
Duncan Selbie’s keynote speech generated hundreds of Tweets, but delegates quickly progressed into their first session of the day, with ‘Antimicrobial resistance: a threat to us all, not just to microbiologists’ proving popular. Mitchell Schwaber of the National Center for Infection Control, Israel, presented some worrying statistics:
23,000 deaths from antimicrobial res infections in US every year - and that's conservative est says Prof Schwaber. Yikes #PHE2014
— Caroline Price (@carolinejprice) September 16, 2014
This week Public Health England launched #AntibioticGuardian as one part of our fight to tackle the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance. Diane Ashiru-Oredope’s Antibiotic Guardian blog issued yesterday during the conference explained how everyone can get involved.
A number of useful publications or strategies were highlighted during Day 1, with our Local Action on Health Inequalities papers, launched by Sir Michael Marmot, being shared and discussed on social media:
— David Buck (@davidjbuck) September 16, 2014
Our new Global Health Strategy was also discussed in a Q&A session featuring an excellent panel of health journalists and experts:
#PHE2014 great question time on global health. Discussing equity, climate change, obesity, exercise, nutrition, sustainability, Ebola etc.
— PHAST (@P_H_A_S_T) September 16, 2014
The second keynote of Day 1 was delivered by Public Health Minister Jane Ellison. She took time to reflect on the impact of public health, particularly highlighting a reduction in smoking and teenage pregnancy, as well as praising everyone involved in the smooth transition of public health responsibilities to local authorities:
— PublicHealthEngland (@PHE_uk) September 16, 2014
An afternoon dementia session featured an excellent panel and lively debate. During the session colleagues at LGA flagged this video:
— LGA Wellbeing (@LGAWellbeing) September 16, 2014
As well as the many presentations and debates, our annual conference also features a wide range of exhibition stands and poster presentations, and many people took to Twitter to promote their work, network or praise what they saw:
— UK Health Forum (@UK_HF) September 16, 2014
If you’re at conference today (Wednesday 17 September), please get involved using the #PHE2014 hashtag.