Unit visit by Shona Robison
posted on: Mar 10, 2008
Professor Sally Macintyre was delighted to welcome the Scottish Minister for Public Health, Shona Robison, to the Unit on Monday 10 March. Professor Macintyre gave Ms Robison a broad overview of the research undertaken in the Unit, much of which is relevant to policy makers within the Scottish Government Health Directorate.
The Minister met a small group of researchers, Professor Patrick West , Dr Danny Wight , Hilary Thomson and Ruth Dundas , who briefed her on key findings from recent research into a number of topics, including trends in health inequalities; sexual health among young people and gay men in Scotland; alcohol consumption and anti-social behaviour in young people; and the health impacts of housing improvement and area regeneration.
Ms Robison participated in discussions throughout the presentations, and expressed a keen interest in the work presented. “Research findings are vital to make sure that we make the best evidence-based decisions possible,” said Ms Robison. “We value the work done by this Unit: research helps us prioritise our targets and the key findings outlined today will be of interest to the Health Inequalities Task Force.”