1. CCD Rounds: Sharing knowledge and scaling up action to bend the curve on diabetes

Cities Changing Diabetes is pleased to bring you the CCD Rounds: bi-monthly topic-specific live events during 2021 that will provide inspiration for driving public health interventions. The CCD Rounds are a great opportunity to learn about diabetes and obesity prevention through real-world examples of health promotion, activities around childhood obesity and best practice policy initiatives.

Discover how a dynamic and versatile partnership delivers activities and projects co-created with Tingbjerg’s citizens to prevent diabetes. The case is presented by Paul Bloch from Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen. Watch recording here

Tune in on 29 April when Stuart Nelson, Vice President at the Institute for Spirituality and Health, Texas Medical Center, will guide us through an initiative that shows the power of co-creating directly with community stakeholders. Watch the recording here

The case was presented by Dr Sophie O’Connell, Operational Manager at the Centre for BME Health together with Alisson Tripney, Head of Community at Leicester City in the Community. Watch the recording here

Discover how the health department in Bogota has been working with Gehl, an urban design practice, and the local Cities Changing Diabetes project team to identify the relationship between food behaviours and the urban environment. Learn about the foodscape concept, an environment comprised of food places, public spaces and public life that defines the food experience of neighbourhoods and communities. Get inspiration on how the combination of high quality public spaces and nutritious and accessible food offerings can create the right conditions for healthier food behaviours. The case was presented by Sophia Schuff, Project Manager from Gehl and Dr. Sara Valencia, Director of the District Education and Health Research Center in Bogota. Watch the recording here

Our guest speakers introduced Children eating well in cities, the UNICEF roadmap to support nutritious diets and healthy environments. The roadmap outlines ways to tackle the growing prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity as well as malnutrition with a focus on urban contexts. Drawing on work from London, Cape Town and the Philippines we also learned about how engaging children and families in research using qualitative methods can help understand their “lived experience” and unlock new or different policy approaches to promote nutritious diets in urban settings.

Jo Jewell, Nutrition Specialist at UNICEF, shared how a strong conceptual framework can help break down the challenges, gaps and hurdles to ensure access to improved nutrition for children and their families. Corinna Hawkes, Professor of Food Policy at City from the University of London, shared how lived experience studies can help inform urban policy action in different settings to building healthier community environments for children and families.

You can watch the powerful and engaging session here

For the sixth CCD Rounds live event, we are excited to deep-dive into the creation of the ground-breaking social impact bond tailored to improve the lives of city-dwellers living with type 2 diabetes.

The City of Aarhus in Denmark has secured investment, from outside traditional healthcare sources, to fund an immediate expansion of services with a concrete ambition to reduce high spending related to complications associated with diabetes. The new investment model will allow the city to accelerate superior interventions to reduce type 2 diabetes complications among citizens.

We are fortunate to have two guest presenters at the heart of developing the social investment bond model. Otto Ohrt, Director of Public Health, City of Aarhus, will explain why the city has chosen this route to expand its diabetes services and outline why new ways to fund public services are an exciting opportunity. We are also delighted to welcome Hans Uldall-Poulsen, Senior Advisor, Dalberg Group, who will be breaking down exactly what a social investment bond is and how it can be effective in enhancing health provision. Hans will profile the Aarhus model and share how actors were motivated, how the health interventions will be implemented, and how the funding mechanism will work in practice.

Sign-up for the inspiring and engaging session here