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The 2018 Haygarth lecture was by Professor Mitch Blair, Professor of Paediatrics and Child Public Health at Imperial College, London and Consultant Paediatrician will present “How are the kids?” – taking a population perspective on child health in the 21st century.

Childhood is a critical time in which the future adult is shaped physically and emotionally. Despite enormous improvements in child survival and health in the UK and Europe over the past 75 years, there remain a number of “wicked” challenges to be addressed. These include mental health, obesity, allergy and neuro-developmental disorders.

Professor Blair argued that a paradigm shift in holistic population child health care for children and young people is necessary if we are to address these issues successfully and to promote a healthy society of the future.

The annual lecture is a joint collaboration between the University of Chester, and the Department of Public Health at Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The Haygarth Public Lecture has been established to celebrate the long tradition of public health action in Cheshire and is named in honour of the 18th century Physician, John Haygarth FRS (1740 to 1827), who practiced Medicine at Chester Infirmary and has been described as ‘Clinical Investigator – Apostle of Sanitation”.

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