Urban design has historically been one of the main promoters of public health.
It has also been suggested in order to provide good public health, it is important to be an historian to understand the development of a city and its health. Cities with a compact and complex design require a higher diversity of services available within shorter distances. Good infrastructure for public transport, walking and cycling and more green space. The SPACE project aims to provide evidence to inform policies and interventions that will provide supportive urban environments to promote healthy ageing, including promoting brain health. This webinar will explore the history of our city and the influence of a range of factors on increasing levels of dementia in Belfast and cities across the globe. The overall impact of the SPACE project is to provide a deeper understanding of how urban design and effective urban planning can prevent cognitive health decline and inform current and future policies and interventions. The SPACE project has uniquely brought together elements which inform and challenge the health of our city and its population. During this webinar speakers will explore the impact of family history and epi-genetics, Belfast’s industrial past and urban design on the public health of our population today.12:30pm - Welcome and Introduction, Anne McCusker, Programme Manager, Belfast Healthy Cities12:40pm - The biological factors associated with public health, Prof Amy Jayne McKnight, Queen’s University Belfast1.00pm - The impact of the environment on public health, Prof Jennifer McKinley, Queen’s University Belfast1:20pm - The history of urban planning on public health, Prof Brendan Murtagh, Queen’s University Belfast1:40pm - Panel discussion with speakers2:00pm - Close, Prof Ruth Hunter, Queen's University Belfast