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Applied Learning for Preventative Health Academy (ALPHAcademy)

Preventative Health

The precept that prevention is better than cure continues to grow in relevance. Indeed, as populations become progressively affected by multi-morbidity and avoidable long-term disorders, both the urgency and the need to focus on prevention of illness is increasing. Prevention is about helping people stay healthy, happy and independent for as long as possible. It means stopping problems from arising in the first place; focusing on keeping people healthy, not just treating them when they become ill. Indeed, prevention is not merely the absence of illness or infirmity, it is the possession of a set of personal resources that need nurturing and development to ensure good mental and physical health. In addition, prevention cannot be solved by the health and social care system alone, as many aspects influencing good health lie outside of the health and social care sector’s control. Awareness of and commitment to health equity must be embedded within healthcare provision in order for prevention to be successful across society.

Huge progress continues to be made in improving the health of the nation - helping people to live longer lives. However, people are spending too many years in poor health, with these gains in health not felt equally across society. But this is not inevitable; much of ill health could be prevented.

Funding and Scholarships

There are a number of fully funded places available for UK students for both individual modules and full postgraduate provision. There is also one fully funded place available for an International student on the applied-learning-for-preventative-health-academy-alphacademy

Applications for the 2022/23 ALPHAcademy Scholarships are now closed. Information about the Scholarships for 2023/24 will be available on these webpages early 2023.

Preventative Health PhD Studentship Scheme

Free Online Workshops

ALPHAcademy is hosting FREE workshops in a range of topics related to preventative health. These workshops will support learners to upskill in a flexible way and in a time frame to suit the demands of their roles. Each workshop will be facilitated by a leading topic expert and will be hosted online.

All of our workshops are completely FREE and open for all to attend.
Free Online Workshops 2023

Health Equity and Human Rights (ILA-4907)

Health equity is the principle underlying a commitment to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate disparities in health and in its determinants, including social determinants. The highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental right of every human being. In this workshop Tracey O’Neill and Dr Chris Subbe will look at practical ways to improve health equity in population health with workshop examples and discussions.

Introduction

Thursday 23 February 2023

9:30am to 12:30pm

Advanced

Thursday 27 April 2023

9:30am to 12:30pm

Presenter

Dr Chris Subbe, Tracey O'Neill

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Healthy Behaviour Change (ILA-4008)

 Our best intentions are not always followed by good actions. This workshop will provide an introduction to behaviour change and consider what drives behaviour and why sometimes our goal-setting doesn’t lead to appropriate actions. We’ll introduce ways to analyse behaviour and understand the drivers, and also look at different ways to intervene and attempt to change behaviour. In the session, examples and case studies will be discussed, as well as an introduction to well-known theories and approaches (such as the dual-process approach, and the COM-B model) to behaviour change, exploring how these can be applied in practice. 

Introduction

Thursday 09 March 2023

9:30am to 12:30pm

Advanced

Thursday 23 March 2023

9:30am to 12:30pm

Presenter

Prof John Parkinson, Dr Rosemary Smith

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If you have any queries please contact alphacademy@bangor.ac.uk

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Research

As populations become progressively impacted by multi-morbidity and avoidable long-term disorders, both the urgency and the need to focus on prevention of illness is increasing. Prevention is about helping people being and staying healthy, happy and independent for as long as possible. It means stopping problems from arising in the first place; focusing on keeping people healthy, not just treating them when they become ill. Huge progress continues to be made in improving the health of the nation. However these gains in health are not felt equally across society, and people continue to spend too many years in poor health.

ALPHAcademy has great potential to refocus health research and development on preventative health interventions. We plan to work with a wide variety of key stakeholders, including partners from the health and social care sector, industry, the third sector, and education to lead and support research on preventative health interventions and the mechanisms of driving change within health. We will offer bespoke research design and support services, and focus on multiagency collaboration. We are keen to explore research opportunities and partnerships, please contact alphacademy@bangor.ac.uk to discuss further.

 

 

 

Consultancy


Bangor University is committed to ensuring that the results of its scholarly teaching and research are used for the benefit of the society and economy of Wales and beyond. The College of Human Sciences at Bangor University has an established history of research consultation and the ALPHAcademy is keen to develop bespoke projects within the broader context of the project, including preventative health interventions, systems leadership, mentorship and behaviour change. We want to work with various stakeholders to design unique programmes which meet specific needs, and to also explore opportunities for future collaboration. Please contact alphacademy@bangor.ac.uk to discuss further.

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