World Health Innovation Summit – #WHIS connects people and communities to improve their health and wellbeing (Salutogenesis approach) while creating opportunities and sharing them.
The World Health Organisation’s determinants of health are:
– the social and economic environment
– the physical environment, and
– the person’s individual characteristics and behaviours
Technology is an enabler and now we have the means to share knowledge worldwide in an instant. We can use these means to support people’s health and wellbeing while generating value.
This brings opportunities and the WHIS platform can not only improve people’s health and wellbeing but deliver new meaningful jobs.
3 years ago I started a social enterprise World Health Innovation Summit in Carlisle, Cumbria – the initial idea was to support local NHS and social care services with recruitment and retention.
The World Health Innovation Summit is not just a conference or a meeting. It is about people coming together to support eachother through a salutogenic approach to health and wellbeing, to network on a continuous basis. By supporting our communities, sharing knowledge, inspiring and innovating we as individuals and as a community benefit.
By bringing patients, clinicians, managers, voluntary sector, education and businesses together to exchange knowledge, inspire and innovate together we all learn and our health service will benefit.
Health touches every sector:
Education, Transport, Food and Agriculture, Housing, Waste, Energy, Industry, Urbanisation, Water, Radiation, Nutrition (WHO)
In order to find solutions we need inspiration and innovation. WHIS is about each and every one of us helping to support our health services. In order to do that we need a platform for people to contribute and meet to share their knowledge and the World Health Innovation Summit (Federation) provides that platform to do this in a consolidated structured process and innovate solutions.
5 Pillars – WHISKids, WHISatwork, WHISSeniors, WHISGreen, WHISTech
We have supporting programmes running alongside the summits such as WHISKids (Health & Wellness for the next generation) and WHISatwork (Stress management within the workplace), WHISSeniors (Elderly care to improve quality of life), WHISGreen (Energy, Waste, Water) and WHISTech (WHISInspire). All programmes support our communities while looking for solutions to ease pressure from our health and social care services (Prevention).
5 Goals – Deliver the SDGs, Restore the balance to the Environment, Create equal opportunities, Improve people’s health and wellbeing, Support the most vulnerable
Outcomes for WHISKids activities:
Cautious calculation = £1 : £7.50
Cautious calculation = £1 : £36
Our prototyping is complete – we now have opportunities to scale WHIS right across the world. We’re speaking to local authorities and have started to train facilitators to deliver our WHIS programmes around the world. We’re generating value and sharing it so we all benefit.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS! Knowledge transfer across all sectors to improve our health and wellbeing.
The World Health Innovation Summit team are committed to collaborating so our communities benefit.
Our business model ensures our events and activities are accessible while providing opportunities through the WHIS Federation (local community networks with central support that have independence with internal affairs #togetherweinspire) .
We bring in revenue from community support, partnerships, sponsorships, digital sales, advisory services and a number of other commercial activities which means we can return money back into our local communities. Excess funding after our costs will go to community projects.
We have held successful events in Carlisle, Manchester, Nottingham, Fylde Coast, Birmingham, Liverpool (UK) and around the world (Greece, Thailand, Philippines) to share knowledge and improve healthcare for all.
We have community ambassadors and we are delighted to be working with such inspiring individuals who work diligently within their communities.
Our motto is “Together, We Inspire” and by working together we will inspire and deliver better healthcare. Our goals and vision support the 17 sustainable development goals as set by the United Nations.
Founder, Gareth Presch
And in everything we do, we have fun doing it – we smile and we laugh –
because this is good for the heart, the soul, and good for our health.