Creating impact with local policymakers and healthcare professionals
Translating research results into clinical practice through effective dissemination and exploitation of results
DynaHEALTH Partner representatives from Beta and the University of Oulu recently hosted a meeting with a number of external policymakers and healthcare professionals from the South Yorkshire region of the UK, where the prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes is high. For example, according to Public Health England, in 2014 Doncaster in South Yorkshire was the second ‘fattest’ local authority area in England with 74.4% of the population overweight or obese.
The purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness of the DynaHEALTH project at a local level and to better understand what is important to policy makers and healthcare professionals when it comes to disseminating research results, in order to influence future policies.
There were presentations from the Director of Public Health for Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, the Senior Consultant for the Whole Systems Team at Leeds Beckett University who presented on a related project, and the DynaHEALTH Project Coordinator who is also Professor of Public Health at the University of Oulu, Centre for Life-Course Health Research, and Biocenter Oulu.
The event was well-attended and well-received, with the main discussion enabling bi-directional feedback, and centered around how to deliver messages in line with what the group want to receive.
We will continue to develop this local network and hope to replicate in other countries as the project progresses, in order to maximise its impact.