ARC North Thames supported research selected for The King's Fund 'Community is the best medicine' virtual conference

23 Jun 2021


The NIHR ARC North Thames supported Well Communities programme will be presented at The King's Fund 'Community is the best medicine' conference, a 4-day virtual event exploring the role of communities in health and care

Wednesday 23rd June, 9.30-10.45am


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About this event

Well Communities is a long-term research and development programme, established in 2007, seeking to develop an evidence-based framework for communities and local organisations to work together to improve health and wellbeing and reduce inequalities.

It is one of the most ambitious attempts in the UK to develop a new replicable and scalable, community development (CD) way of working and has already been recognised,nationally and internationally. 

An ARC North Thames PhD study, led by Elizabeth Walters and ARC Academy Director Professor Angela Harden (both from City, University of London) is reviewing existing evidence and relevant theories, and shall analyse primary data to refine the Well Communities programme, optimising the approach so it can be embedded within local community systems.

This work will be presented at The King's Fund 'Community is the best medicine' conference, as part of a wider presentation on the Well Communities programme. The online event, running from 21st-24th June, brings together health and care professionals, community organisations, innovators, commissioners, researchers and policy makers interested in how to create sustainable, community-based health and care.

The Well Communities programme is led by Professor Gail Findlay (Professor Emeritus, Institute for Connected Communities, University of East London), who shall be leading the presentation at the conference. Also presenting are Professor Gopalakrishnan Netuveli (Professor of Public Health, Institute for Health and Human Development, University of East London) and ARC PhD researcher Elizabeth Walters.

Elizabeth Walters is a doctoral researcher in the ARC North Thames Population Health and Social Care theme. She is passionate about social change and addressing health inequalities, and hr specific areas of interest include homelessness and working towards equality in access to education. 

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