Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel the planned guest lecture by Prof George Pollock on Weds 21st March. George has offered to produce a paper on the subject of his lecture, in due course, which will be shared with all those interested. Thank you for your interest and continued support.
A Special Guest Lecture by George Pollock, Visiting Professor in International Public Health at Staffordshire University entitled ‘What do we mean by the term “community” in public health?’, will take place March 21st at 1.30pm in the Oak Room, County Buildings, Martin St, Stafford, ST16 2HQ.
Overview of the lecture:
An attempt will be made initially to show how the word can have a variety of meanings in different settings, the most obvious examples being: people who have chosen to reside in a particular locality, or a group of individuals who share a common interest, purpose or set of values. But there are many more; a leper colony, for example, hardly fits into either of these categories!
Examples will be given of the concept of “community” from earliest times, and in different parts of the world, identifying its relevance to the health of the people who live in it or who are bound together in it in some way. The origin of the first public health organisation at local level in England—–the local Board of Health—–will be described in a little more detail.
The ways in which the word is often deliberately used by politicians, the media and others, to create a particular emotional effect, will be demonstrated.
The means by which health protection or improvement within a community may be achieved by outside agencies, or those working within it, formally or informally, will be outlined, ranging from legislation, through formally constituted local health or other bodies, to community involvement, engagement and partnership. Examples of such endeavours will be given, including a brief case study of the process by which fluoridation was introduced in Coventry.
Brief bio of Visiting Professor George Pollock
George Pollock graduated MBChB at Aberdeen University in 1953 and, after junior hospital posts and National Service as an Army MO in Germany and East Africa, embarked on postgraduate training in public health. He held posts of increasing seniority in London, Surrey and Stockport before becoming Medical Officer of Health, and subsequently Director of Public Health, of Coventry, where he still lives.
He retired from the NHS in 1990 and took up honorary university appointments, initially at Warwick and Oxford (Green College), and later Birmingham, but was fortunate enough to have brief spells of teaching or research at universities or health departments in Quebec, USA, France, Malta, Poland and Uganda. He was also an honorary consultant in public health at Sandwell until the Primary Care Trust was abolished.
He was appointed Visiting Professor in International Public Health at Staffordshire University in 2016, where he contributes to the teaching on the MPH on-line, distance learning course. He was elected FFPH in 1981 and graduated MD of Birmingham University in 1999. He is the author of two books: Fevers and Cultures (2003) and An Epidemiological Odyssey (2012).