Morning, Thursday, 27th January 2022
This conference will examine policy priorities for tackling health inequalities and improving public health.
It will be a timely opportunity to discuss priorities for the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) following their launch - as well as the evolving public health landscape and next steps for improving public health as part of the national recovery from COVID-19.
Speaking at the launch of the OHID, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, said:
“The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities will be the driving force - across government, supported by communities, academics, industry and employers - to level up the health of our nation, which will reduce the pressure on our NHS and care services.”
Areas for discussion include:
- the scope of the OHID and priorities as it settles into its new role
- next steps for tackling health inequalities, addressing the wider social determinants of health, and breaking the link between people’s background and their prospects for a healthy life
- the public health impact of the pandemic and priorities for supporting UK-wide recovery and enabling locally led approaches to public health
- linking with the Government’s wider prevention agenda and ensuring a consistent, science-led approach to public health messages across critical areas
The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the DfE; the DHSC; the DWP; the House of Commons Library; the ONS; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.