A City Collaboratory approach to early promotion of good health and wellbeing
UKPRP award £6.5 million for 5 years, with additional in-kind investment from the consortium’s partners
ActEarly aims to improve the life chances of children by focusing on improving the environments that influence their health.
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Professor John Wright
Director of Research, Bradford Institute for Health Research
Bradford Institute for Health Research
John Wright is a clinician and epidemiologist with a background in hospital medicine and public health in the UK and in Africa. He established and leads the Bradford Institute for Health Research and Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research, working to speed up translation of medical research into practice and policy. In 2007 he set up the Born in Bradford (BiB) cohort study to follow the lives of over 13,000 families as their children grow up. Evidence from BiB has had national and international impact and provided a catalyst for the development of Bradford as a City of Research. He has worked to develop sustainable public health programmes in Africa for over 25 years and in 2015 was awarded the West Africa medal by the Prime Minister for his work in the Ebola epidemic.
Professor Trevor Sheldon
Professor of Health Services Research
Queen Mary University of London
Trevor Sheldon is Professor of Health Services Research in the Institute of Population Health Sciences, Queen Mary University of London and Research Mentor at the Bradford Institute of Health Research. His research interests include: analysis of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of healthcare, public health and policy interventions, patient safety, inequalities in health, and public sector resource allocation. He established the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York where he was also health of Department of Health Sciences and later Deputy Vice-Chancellor and then Dean of the Hull York Medical School. He also works with a partnership between the King’s Fund and the University of York, supporting policy making by providing fast, responsive analysis for the Department of Health and Social Care.
ActEarly aims to improve the life chances of children by focusing on improving the environments that influence their health. Three themes will be examined: (i) on healthy places, considering the environments in which children live and attend school, and examining how these could increase physical activity, reduce obesity, and improve mental wellbeing, for example; (ii) healthy learning, focussing on how learning is linked to place and community interactions that facilitate learning; and (iii) healthy livelihoods, considering what is good for children’s learning and social engagement. The research will extend the applicant’s work in Bradford and include Tower Hamlets in London, two ethnically diverse areas of the UK with high levels of child poverty. The two sites are intended to enable testing of the replicability of research approaches and generalisability of interventions.
The consortium’s overall approach is to evaluate the cumulative effect of multiple system-wide interventions on improving children health. Co-production of interventions with users and local communities will be informed by evidence synthesis and will follow citizen science methods and asset-based community development approaches. Policy simulation modelling will be conducted to assess the long-term impacts of interventions, and data sources include longitudinal data from the Born in Bradford cohort.
On 25 September 2019 the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) held a kick off meeting with award holders from the first funding round. Download the slides presented by ActEarly (PPT, 3MB)..
ActEarly’s membership includes:
- co-investigators with varied expertise, including in simulation modelling, informatics, and social and housing policy.
- users from Bradford Metropolitan District Council, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the Local Government Association (LGA), Public Health England (PHE) and Sport England.
- charities and Non-Governmental Organisations such as Bromley by Bow Centre and Nesta.
For further details see the ActEarly website.
Anne-Marrie Canning MBE
Director of Social Mobility and Student Success
King’s College London/Independent Chair of Bradford Opportunity Area
David van Heel
Professor of Genetics
Programme Manager for Research (Research Lead)
Director, Health Lab
Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, Head of the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care
Director of Insight
Chief Executive Officer
Professor of Social Pedagogy and Deputy Director
Senior Research Fellow in Psychobiology/Epidemiology
Director of Public Health Research
Lecturer in Urban Geography and Data Science
Senior Research Fellow, Hon Consultant in Public Health
Programme Manager, Better Start Bradford Innovation Hub, Born in Bradford
Professor of Epidemiology, University Champion for Research on Justice and Equality, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Future Health
Professor of Urban Form and Society
Associate Professor in Environmental and Healthy Buildings
Reader in Public Health Nutrition
Professor of Health Research
Professor of Geographic Information Science/Director, Consumer Data Research Centre
Professor, Centre for Health Economics
Associate Professor and Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow
Professor and Head of Department in Psychology and Human Development
Director, Born in Bradford Research Programme
Professor of Population Health
Professor of Geographic Information Science
RSA Associate Director
The RSA (The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)
George B. Ploubidis
Professor of Population Health and Statistics, Director of Research & Chief Statistician
Professor of Social Policy and Director, Centre for Housing Policy
Chair in Cognitive Psychology
Director of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
Principal Research Fellow
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Health Data Science