Health Inequalities

This module is part of a digital training package on health inequality and the social determinants of health. It will take around an 1:15 to complete, plus reflection time. It provides an introduction to the concept of health inequality and the social determinants of health, through presentations from leading experts. It is designed to support those wishing to learn about the health needs of marginalised groups, including:

  • Policy-makers
  • Commissioners
  • Service providers
  • Practitioners
  • Campaigners and people with lived experience of exclusion

The first session focuses upon the best available evidence of the links between deprivation, homelessness, exclusion and health outcomes, and highlights the implications for action. Other presentations provide challenging views on the strategic implications of these issues, reflecting on what governments and policy-makers can do to take action.

Additional units to supplement this learning are listed in the side bar.

Fair Society, Healthy Lives: Health Inequalities and the Most Marginalised

In this keynote speech, Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity and MRC Research Professor in Epidemiology reviews the links between deprivation, exclusion and health inequalities.

He reflects on some of the causes of homelessness and summarises evidence of the poorer health outcomes which are experienced by marginalised people. With reference to six areas identified in his international Fair Society, Healthy Lives review, he highlights areas for change to reduce the health inequalities experienced by the most excluded members of society.

Professor Sir Michael Marmot – Fair Society, Healthy Lives – health inequalities and the most marginalised

The Health Consequences of Recession

Introduced by Mark Easton, Home Affairs Editor of the BBC, Dr David Stuckler is a Senior Research Leader at the University of Oxford, and a Research Fellow at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

He is also co-author of ‘The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills’, which analyses international data to compare the health consequences of austerity and stimulus responses to economic crises, and what governments can do to reduce the impact of recession on health outcomes and inequalities.

Dr David Stuckler – How Governments Can Reduce the Health Consequences of Recessions

A Strategic Overview and a Challenge for Change

Professor Lord Victor Adebowale CBE is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis, and Chief Executive of Turning Point.

His compelling keynote speech provides a strategic overview and sets out change needed at both policy and practice levels. His presentation,  based on the APPG process he leads, draws in and considers evidence from a wide range of perspectives and areas of professional experience.  It also draws on his extensive expertise on housing, health and social care provision for people with complex needs, including substance misuse and mental illness, and his role as an expert advisor to policy-makers, commissioners and practitioners across the public and third sectors.

Professor Lord Victor Adebowale CBE – Keynote address

Mental Health and Homelessness in Toxic Times

Dr Lynne Friedli, author of Mental Health, Resilience and Inequalities for the World Health Organisation presents on mental health and homelessness in toxic times. She identifies some of the shared concerns and challenges faced by homeless people, those living with mental illness, and others facing economic and social exclusion.  She identifies how we can work together to make a difference and influence national policies, public attitudes, and individuals’ experience.

Dr Lynne Friedli – Mental Health & Homelessness in Toxic Times: can we make a difference & how?

The information in this e-learning resource has been collated by The Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health to support learning, collaboration and good practice. This has been sponsored by Public Health England as part of its commitment to sharing evidence and promoting the development of effective local leadership and good practice.