Event: Professor Dame Margaret Whitehead on the Politics of Promoting Equity and Health

This Thursday (21 September), Professor Dame Margaret Whitehead will be presenting her Valedictory Lecture ‘A Hard Day’s Night: The Politics of Promoting Equity and Health’ at the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre.

Margaret Whitehead has spent the last 40 years attempting to tackle inequalities in health, over 20 of those years in the renowned public health city of Liverpool. It’s been a long and winding road. With tales of the unexpected, she will reflect on the politics that have helped or hindered progress towards equity and health.

The event will take place on Thursday, 21 September with an Introduction and lecture from 5.30pm – 7pm with a drinks reception following the lecture. You can book your free tickets for this event here.

About Professor Dame Margaret Whitehead

Professor Dame Margaret Whitehead held the W.H. Duncan Chair of Public Health at the University of Liverpool from 1999 to 2023, where she was also founding Head of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Policy Research on the Determinants of Health Equity from 2005 to 2020.

Margaret’s first degree was in biological sciences (York University) after which she started her career in medical research in London and Edinburgh. She gradually broadened her attention to issues of population health and societies. She was awarded her PhD in social epidemiology and health policy from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. In 2016, she was honoured with a Damehood for her contribution to public health in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Social inequalities in health and in healthcare

Her passionate interest over the past thirty years has been social inequalities in health and in healthcare – most especially what can be done to tackle them. To this end, she has served on every major inquiry on the subject from the updating of the Black Report, to the Acheson Inquiry, and the English and European reviews of health inequalities and the social determinants of health. Her work with WHO has helped provide guidance for countries across Europe on making population health policies and strategies more equitable.

As well as contributing to various UK and international efforts to address social inequalities in health, she chaired the Independent Inquiry into Health Equity for the North of England (the Due North Report. She is currently Chair of the Independent Review of Equity in Medical Devices, set up by the UK Secretary of State for Health, to investigate ethnic and other unfair biases in medical devices used in the NHS and to make recommendations for improvements.

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