Health inequalities: threats and opportunities

Thursday, 5 October 2017 | 16.00-18.30 | Room 1

Organised by Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan R.O.C. in cooperation with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Many of today’s public health issues – obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease – are strongly associated with health inequalities. Literature from across the world shows that gaps in income, employment, education and the socioeconomic gradient in health worsen health outcomes for disadvantaged populations. Despite progress in life expectancy and health status, inequalities persist both across countries and across population groups within countries.

  • What is behind the persistence of these harmful and avoidable inequalities?
  • How can we increase equity through action on the social determinants of health?
  • Where are there further opportunities for improvements?

In this session we will explore these themes, with a particular focus on learning lessons from differences in approaches and responses.

This session links directly to the theme of “Health in All Politics”, looking at how progress in a wide range of policy areas have promoted better, more equitable health, but also reviewing the work that still needs to be done to finally close the health inequalities gap.

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Speakers & panellists

Health equity: global, national, local

MICHAEL MARMOT, Professor, Director of the International Institute for Society and Health, Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL Institute of Health Equity, UK

Health equity: early life and inter-generation

TUNG-LIANG CHIANG, Professor of Public Health, Health Behaviours & Community Sciences, National Taiwan University

NGO contributions to tackling health inequalities in Europe

NICOLA BEDLINGTON, Secretary General, European Patients Forum

CLIVE NEEDLE, Senior Policy Advisor, EuroHealthNet


Interviewed by ELODIE BESNIER, International Health Policy Officer, Public Health Wales and member of the Young Forum Gastein

Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool developed by Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study project

KATSUNORI KONDO, Professor of Social Epidemiology and Health Policy, Center for Preventive Medical Sciences, Chiba University, Japan /and: Head of Department of Gerontological Evaluation, Centre for Gerontology and Social Science, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Japan

Politics, policies and health equity: Reflections from the Pacific Rim

SHARON FRIEL, Professor of Health Equity, Regulation and Global Governance, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian University

An EU Council Presidency perspective on tackling health inequalities

NATASHA AZZOPARDI-MUSCAT, Senior Lecturer, University of Malta /and: President, European Public Health Association (EUPHA)


Interviewed by MARTIN MCKEE, Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Panel discussion and summing-up

YIN-WEI WANG, Director-General, Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan R.O.C.

MARTIN MCKEE, Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Facilitated by

HARRY RUTTER, Senior Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and

MARTIN MCKEE, Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Biographical information

NameAzzopardi-Muscat, Natasha
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NameBedlington, Nicola
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NameBesnier, Elodie
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NameChiang, Tung-Liang
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NameFriel, Sharon
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NameKondo, Katsunori
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NameMarmot, Michael
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NameMcKee, Martin
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NameNeedle, Clive
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NameRutter, Harry
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NameWang, Yin-Wei
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