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Policy priorities for tackling health inequalities, improving public health, and the role of the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities

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.



Keynote Speakers

Maggie Rae

President, Faculty of Public Health

Christina Marriott

Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health

Vicky Hobart

Head of Health and Deputy Statutory Health Adviser, Greater London Authority

Keynote Speakers

Vicky Hobart

Head of Health and Deputy Statutory Health Adviser, Greater London Authority

Maggie Rae

President, Faculty of Public Health

Christina Marriott

Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health

Speakers

Arpana Verma

Clinical Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Manchester

Jabeer Butt

Chief Executive, Race Equality Foundation

Professor Paul Gately

Professor of Exercise and Obesity, Leeds Beckett University; and Chief Executive, MoreLife

Dr Maëva May

Head of Policy, British Heart Foundation

Councillor Ellie King

Councillor for Hillfields, and Cabinet member for Public Health Communities and Bristol One City, Bristol City Council

Marcel Vige

Head of Equity, Mind

Karen Taylor

Director, Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions

Richard Sloggett

Founder and Programme Director, Future Health; and former Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care