Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference Registration Open

19th - 21st June 2017, Bristol, UK
Registration closes: 5pm 31st May

This conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. As part of the conference Mesh Coordinator Georgia Bladon will join Jill Sonke from the Centre for Arts in Medicine, USA and Ian Thomas, Head of Evaluation and Arts, British Council for a debate titled "What’s the Big Picture? Arts and Global Health".

Visit the Mesh Upcoming Events Page for more details of the event and registration.

Evaluating Engagement: Sharing learning from the first Mesh workshop

From 8th-9th March in Naivasha, Kenya, Mesh hosted its first indepth workshop, on evaluating engagement. The workshop, run in collaboration with Kemri-Wellcome and the Global Health Bioethics Network, was attended by a group of participants with extensive and varied experience on the topic and was very well received. The workshop working group are currently collecting together the learning and creating new materials to share with the wider Mesh community. In the meantime, you can read some participant perspectives on the workshop in these blogs or find out about the aims of the workshop here.

Vaccine Hesitant Communities: Call to Mesh users to share materials and advice

One of our Mesh users has set up a discussion on Mesh with the aim of sharing experiences, literature and resources around working in communities where there is vaccine hesitancy. If you have something to share, are doing similar work or have questions around the issue join the group, start a topic and add your ideas and materials to the conversation.

There is also a blog post on the issue on our sister site eMOPs.

News from the Field

Catch a Webinar on Community Arts for Health Partnerships in African Settings

23 May 2017, 1.00 - 2.00pm BST

This free webinar, will look at two arts for health partnerships in African settings. This first part of this webinar will discuss an arts for health partnership responding to one of the world’s fastest-growing health problems, Diabetes. The second half will discuss how ingrained traditions such as pottery and dance can improve health and social exclusion.   

Global Bioethics Journal Waives Publishing Charges until July

Articles submitted to the Global Bioethics Journal before the end of July 2017 will not need to pay a publishing charge. This may be of interest to Mesh members who wish to publish on the ethical dimensions of their engagement work. Submit your research here using code RGBE-OPEN-2017 or find out more about the promotion, and the new editors who have implemented it, on the journal's website.

Journal For Community Engagement: Global Health Communication

Routledge has published the first of its Global Health Communication journal, an open access journal that addresses health questions from multiple perspectives, experiences and cultures. 

The journal creates a space for the international research community to advance scholarship around the role of communication processes in global public health, policy and behavior change. Although focussed in description on "communication" the articles in the first issue include multiple examples of high level community engagement work so it will certainly be of interest to the Mesh community.