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The UK Health Forum (UKHF)

is a charitable alliance of professional and public interest organisations working to reduce the risk of avoidable non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by developing evidence-based public health policy and supporting its implementation through advocacy and information provision.


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                      4,000 items on the prevention of chronic diseases

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Public Health eLearning Toolkit (PHeLT)

We have launched this new elearning portal which has been created specifically to provide support in using information for those working in public health, who may not have access to other elearning resources (such as those available through the NHS).

PHeLT concentrates on two areas of information skills:

•    critical appraisal
•    ethical use of information (i.e. understanding copyright and avoiding plagiarism)

With a public health focus in mind, we have collected and featured resources on PHeLT that support the use of information sources that are uniquely important to public health, such as unpublished reports created by government, NGOs and third sector organisations. These types of documents are known to be an important source of evidence in public health, but there is little existing support in the way of evaluation checklists to support those who need to appraise these kinds of documents. The toolkit aims to fill this gap in provision by highlighting existing checklists for these kinds of documents. We hope to continue to develop PHeLT by developing our own critical appraisal checklist for grey literature and case studies.

PHeLT links to existing, freely available resources that provide guidance on these topics. All content featured on PHeLT is freely available online and PHeLT itself is also free to access.


Paper: New statistical model

The UKHF have developed a new statistical model of population dynamics. Inspired by information theory, the Quasi-Markov Model allows us to describe and forecast complex trends of population variables (e.g. risk factors like Body Mass Index or smoking), including mechanisms such as the intrinsic memory of the process or changes of the regime. In the presented paper (submitted to Biometrics), we describe the virtues of the model, confirmed by a set of model validation techniques, and give examples of its applications.



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The Voluntary Sector Health and Care Strategic Partners Portal showcases the work that each of the VS Strategic Partners undertake in their valuable role in improving health and wellbeing.

The website will publicly provide links to resources and news from Strategic Partners, and give the Strategic Partners a secure place to share and collaborate in the online environment. The website is hosted by the UK Health Forum as a member of the Strategic Partnership.
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Healthy Places focuses on legal areas that are new, interesting, often not fully understood, or, not recognised at all as having a potential impact on health in a local area. It highlights areas of law that have the potential to change local environments and encourage more active lifestyles and better diets, and to improve the health of a community.

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The networking home for NCDs, the ncdlinks.org platform connects over 2,500 individuals who are working on urgent issues caused by non-communicable diseases. The platform offers the space for unique international networks to share information and build on their broad range of expertise to form opinion, influence and push for global communication and action. The networks currently cover the topics of physical activity, nutrition, tobacco control and alcohol control with partners from the not-for-profit and academic sectors

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Panacealink is an established online network linking the global physical activity and nutrition community. As a networking tool it links public health practitioners and supports professional development with an aim to contribute to a stronger community that can respond to emerging challenges locally, nationally and globally.

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GLOBALink links the tobacco control community. It's a networking tool for improving communication between public health practitioners in order to enable health initiatives to progress more quickly.  It support professional development and contributes to a stronger community that can respond to emerging challenges locally, nationally and globally.

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The Obesity Learning Centre (OLC) is for those who work with tackling obesity.  It encourages you to share best practice and discuss issues with your peers. It provides comprehensive news and policy coverage on developments in healthy weight and obesity. 

Micro Health Simulations (MHS) is a limited company established in 2010. It is wholly owned by the UK Health Forum. The company is supported by a team of health economists, statisticians and experts in health policy and has developed a sophisticated micro-simulation model for public health. The MHS has provided country models for the UK, the US, the Russian Federation, Mexico and Brazil and worked in 70 countries around the world, including in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South America.