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June 1, 2016 | Spotlight

Institute faculty member gives public health presentation at World Bank forum

Institute faculty member gives public health presentation at World Bank forum

Writer: Roger Nielsen

Institute of Government faculty member Paula Sanford gave a presentation on local governments' role in furthering public health at the Civil Society Policy Forum, a recent conference sponsored by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C.

Sanford and two researchers with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) led a session that explored ways to better integrate public health considerations into government service delivery. The presentation, "Local Governments and Public Health: Coordinating to Improve Quality of Life and Achieve Sustainable Community and Economic Growth," also featured Joshua Franzel, ICMA's director of policy research, and Andrea Fox, the director of the ICMA Center for Sustainable Communities.

Their program drew on examples from five countries to demonstrate how coordinated local efforts to strengthen public health better enable communities to develop their workforces, recruit and retain businesses, and encourage economic activity, according to Sanford.

"We focused on how general governments across the globe can create and sustain local partnerships that facilitate economic development and quality of life through services not traditionally viewed as public health services. Water and sanitation infrastructure, effective planning, and local and regional collaborations all support healthy and growing communities," Sanford said.

The World Bank and IMF established the Civil Society Policy Forum to help global nongovernmental organizations and other stakeholders share critical information on World Bank and IMF issues.

The presentation was based on a white paper Sanford and Franzel prepared on ways local governments make substantial contributions to improved public health outcomes through services not typically viewed as health-related. Sanford is scheduled to present the white paper at ICMA's 102nd Annual Conference in September.