On 18 January, Professor Chris Whitty will visit Coventry City Council.
Professor Whitty is the Lead for the National Institute for Health Research (the nation's largest funder of health and social care research) and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care. This is part of a listening tour that he is carrying out around the country to understand the public health challenges, and how research can help address them.
While in Coventry, he will hear about the public health aspect of the Coventry City of Culture, which will focus on involving those who might benefit from it in health terms, e.g. young people from more deprived areas of the city, in the development and delivery of the cultural programme and the evaluation of its impact. This should ensure that the health and social benefits of the Coventry City of Culture will continue long after 2021.
He will meet with Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health and Wellbeing for Coventry City Council and Prof Graeme Currie, deputy director for the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) West Midlands.
During the visit, there will be an opportunity for press to meet with Prof Whitty, Liz Gaulton and NIHR-funded researchers involved with the evaluation of Coventry City of Culture investment.
If this is of interest, for more information and a copy of the agenda, contact Assistant Communications Officer for Public Health and Insight, Jade McKenna, on Jade.McKenna@Coventry.gov.uk or ring the Communications Team on: 024 7683 1081.