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OPPORTUNITY TO DEBATE THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC HEALTH

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Contemporary challenges to public health require a radical rethinking of the relationship between health and the en...
Contemporary challenges to public health require a radical rethinking of the relationship between health and the environment. This will be the key message from many of the speakers at the 1997 Environmental Health Congress in Bournemouth from September 9-12.

Tessa Jowell, the minister for public health, will outline the government's vision of the future of public health on Tuesday 9 September at 2.30 pm. On the Tuesday delegates will also review the recommendations of the Commission on Environmental Health with its own vision for the delivery of public health services into the next century.

Tessa Jowell's vision will be echoed in a session on food safety, a key test issue of any new public health approach. In the session, Food Safety for the Future, 2.00 pm on Thursday, Jeff Rooker, minister for food safety, and Professor Tim Lang will speak on how food policy needs to be motivated primarily by the interests of the consumer.

Besides food, speakers will address delegates on a wide-spectrum of environmental health issues, from housing to health and safety, and environmental protection.

Specific sessions will take place on air quality, noise, zoo safety, emerging diseases and their threat to human health, sustainable

housing, health promotion, integrated transport strategies, community safety, urban regeneration, local authority anti-poverty strategies, the rough sleepers initiative, sustainable development in the community, the reclamation of contaminated land at the Greenwich Millennium site, international self-help solutions to housing problems and the involvement of the community in environmental health action.

1997 Environmental Health Exhibition

Wednesday 10-12 September 1997

The Environmental Health Exhibition runs alongside congress and will feature 90 exhibitors with a wide-range of environmental products and services for the environmental health profession. It will take place from 10 am to 5 pm on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Purbeck Hall at the Bournemouth International Centre.

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