The latest confirmed presentation to be delivered at the 2013 National Road Safety Conference will examine how road safety and public health practice can come together to achieve ‘key public health goals’.
More than 120 people have already registered to attend the conference which will take place in Harrogate, 13-14 November. Road Safety GB Yorkshire and Humberside Region is hosting the event and Colas and AA DriveTech have both renewed their sponsorship.
The presentation by Dr Stephen Morton, director for Public Health England Yorkshire and Humber area, will look at how road safety and public health practice can interact to help prevent premature mortality, reduce health inequalities, promote physical activity, improve air quality and maintain independence for vulnerable groups.
The presentation will also outline how ‘best buys’ for public health are unlikely to be single issue initiatives but broad alliances around places, sustainability and social capital.
Dr Morton is medical graduate from Queen’s University in Belfast. He worked as a director of Public Health in East Lancashire for many years and during this period chaired the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership.
In 2004, he joined the Health Protection Agency as the unit director for Cumbria and Lancashire and was appointed regional director for Health Protection Services in Yorkshire and the Humber in 2009.
His professional interests include health equity; the impact of transport, housing and social support on health; and the co-benefits in promoting sustainability and public health.