June 21, 2022
Action to address Glasgow’s and Scotland’s social and health inequalities is urgently needed. These issues are well recognised, deep-seated and long-standing. Despite decades of efforts to address these, Glasgow still falls behind the rest of Scotland in terms of health outcomes and Scotland has a poor health profile compared with the rest of the UK and Western Europe. We are now seeing an overall stalling in life expectancy improvements across Scotland and in our most deprived communities, life expectancy has started to fall.
There is widespread recognition in policymaking that population health improvement requires a combined effort across policy domains to tackle the structural determinants of health. Indeed, when it comes to policymaking, there have been positive developments in Scotland and addressing health inequalities is a clear and distinct policy priority. However, despite this, progress has not matched local and national ambitions for Scotland to be a fairer and healthier nation. So why is this the case, what more is needed, and how can this be turned around?
In this seminar, Kezia will share her unique insights and knowledge having experienced both sides of policy development – as a former Scottish Member of Parliament and Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, and now in academia, in her role as Director of the John Smith Centre for Public Service at the University of Glasgow. Kezia will explore this ‘implementation gap’, using examples from her longstanding interest in and work on housing/homelessness and with care experienced young people.
November 24, 2021
In this seminar, Dr Belkin explored what climate change means for population mental health, the need to redesign our mental health system, what a ‘next system’ looks like, and what we need to do get there. He showed that as the effects of environmental and climate change grow in severity, reach, frequency and mental health and social impact, so will the demands on an already over-burdened mental health system. He argued that the ‘social climate’ – emotional resilience, social ties, collective efficacy – requires consideration in the face of climate challenges to create a mental health ecosystem that can not only meet overwhelming prevention needs and illness care, but also help anchor scaled civic and collective action to do much of the work of adapting to and mitigating the climate and environmental change itself.
September 28, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world, with more than four million people dying of the disease so far. COVID-19 is the defining public health crisis of a generation, and it should generate a full-scale assessment of how public health has fared in this moment – what we have done well and what we have not, and the implications this has for the future of public health.
This presentation addressed priorities for research, education, and practice agendas in the post-COVID-19 world.
July 1, 2021
In this seminar, Prof Sir Marmot provided timely and important insights and learning from his vast experience and career, and offer his thoughts on emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and building back fairer. Taking action to reduce health inequalities is a matter of social justice. In developing strategies for tackling health inequalities, we need to confront the social gradient in health, not just the difference between the worst off and everybody else.
There is clear evidence when we look across countries that national policies make a difference and that much can be done in cities, towns and local areas. But policies and interventions must not be confined to the health care system; they need to address the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. The evidence shows that economic circumstances are important but are not the only drivers of health inequalities. Tackling the health gap will take action, based on sound evidence, across the whole of society.
June 3, 2021
This webinar brought together community members with experience of racialisation and public health leads in research, policy and service provision in Scotland, to listen and learn together in our pursuit to mainstream the understanding of racism as a fundamental cause of health inequality.
In this seminar, Professor Williams presented the discrimination scales he has developed that measure and evidence different types of interpersonal discrimination and their negative effects on health. He also outlined the insidious effects that implicit biases, unconscious discrimination and racialised frames of reference have in creating and maintaining the deep-rooted individual, institutional and systemic racial discrimination that pertain today.
After sharing his insights, Professor Williams, together with a group of panellists chaired by Dr Ima Jackson, explored how we can begin to dismantle the racial discrimination that exists across public health institutions and systems in Scotland.
December 18, 2020
The third in a series of three webinars by Public Health Information Network for Scotland (PHINS) which were held in October 2020. The webinars focused on the impact of, the context to, and the emergence from, the COVID-19 pandemic on public health and health inequalities.
December 18, 2020
The second in a series of three webinars by Public Health Information Network for Scotland (PHINS) which were held in October 2020. The webinars focused on the impact of, the context to, and the emergence from, the COVID-19 pandemic on public health and health inequalities.
December 18, 2020
The first in a series of three webinars by Public Health Information Network for Scotland (PHINS) which were held in October 2020. The webinars focused on the impact of, the context to, and the emergence from, the COVID-19 pandemic on public health and health inequalities.
December 7, 2020
Providing and receiving care and support forms part of all our lives in different ways over the lifespan. Taking a feminist economics perspective, Angela presented the findings and recommendations of the Commission on a Gender Equal Economy and discussed the gendered dimensions of the care economy, considering how care is valued and remunerated in the realities of our economic and social infrastructure.
Putting care at the core of our economic model is part of the healing from Covid-19. The pandemic has exposed the fragmented and under-resourced care infrastructure along with the extant of underlying inequalities particularly experienced by women, disabled people, and people of colour. Angela outlined how a caring economy delivers on equality, sustainability, and wellbeing, and offers a coherent approach to public investment and the allocation of public finance.
March 26, 2020
In this seminar, Katherine outlines the story of the growing wellbeing economy movement and explores what a shift to a wellbeing economy entails. She suggests a wellbeing economy demands a bolder ambition than many social and environmental ideas being offered and reflects on the scope for the necessary transition to be realised.