UCL Population Health Sciences


Public Health Voices Event Series

‘Public Health Voices’ is a webinar series, open to all, which aims to engage with and showcase the importance of interdisciplinarity in public health research and training.

By working together with multiple disciplines, and in collaboration with local communities, local government, the NHS, the third sector, and industry, we can have a real impact on public health research and practice.

Past events

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In this Public Health Voices webinar, our expert panel explores the issue of intersectionality and gendered approaches to Inclusion Health research and services.
Inclusion health is an approach to addressing the inequities faced by people who are socially excluded, and who typically experience multiple overlapping risk factors for poor health, such as poverty, violence and complex trauma. Structural violence disproportionately impacts women, who have higher levels of experience of poverty and personal violence. Join us as we explore why intersectional approaches are needed to understand how gender identity shapes the experiences and barriers women encounter in access to services.

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In this webinar we welcome Dr Oliver Mytton, Clinical Associate Professor and Honorary Public Health Consultant at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health to discuss childhood obesity.

Sadly, childhood obesity has become increasingly common, affecting the health of children and the adults they will become. No country has yet reversed this rising trend. This lecture will focus on why policy makers need to shift attention away from individuals and families, and address the underlying economic, social and environmental factors that shape children and young people’s opportunities to eat well and be active. It will give practical examples of policies that have been shown to help, and how research can be used to inform policy and practice.

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This event brought together a panel of experts in humanitarian policy, research, and programme implementation to reflect on the present and future of humanitarianism, the global humanitarian workforce, and the value of UCL’s MSc in Humanitarian Policy and Practice. The discussion looked at what humanitarian action looks like now, and how it must change to remain fit for purpose in the future.

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In this webinar we welcome Professor Daisy Fancourt, Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Arts and Health.
As a society, we are facing unprecedented mental health challenges, and it is widely accepted that our current mental health systems are insufficient to tackle the demand. This presentation will explore the evidence base on how the arts can support in the treatment of mental illness and help to reduce the incidence and prevalence of mental health conditions. It will explore the key psychological, biological, social and behavioural mechanisms through which these effects are achieved and consider how schemes such as Social Prescribing could help to bring arts and cultural engagement to populations who stand to benefit the most.

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In our fifth Public Health Voices webinar, we welcome Professor Joyce Harper. Described as a 'force of nature' and 'a role model to women everywhere', Professor Joyce Harper is a global leader in fertility education. She has worked in the fertility field for 33 years and is Professor of Reproductive Science at University College London, in the Institute for Women's Health.

Joyce talks about her work on women's health and Femtech, from the menstrual cycle to the menopause: no myths, no misinformation, no scare stories - just scientific evidence that shines a light on the facts about how women's bodies works.

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In this webinar, we welcome world-renowned epidemiologist and global health leader Professor Sir Michael Marmot.

As the cost-of-living crisis pushes more and more families into poverty, the impact on the short and long term health of our next generation will be considerable and damaging. In this lecture, Prof Sir Michael Marmot will discuss the urgent need to reduce health inequalities for children and young people so that they can live healthy, happy lives, irrespective of the circumstances of their birth, and despite the current economic climate.

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In this webinar, hosted by Dr Xand van Tulleken, humanitarian experts reflect on the past year, discuss the practical dilemmas humanitarians face today, and why different skillsets and disciplines are essential for responding and preventing humanitarian emergencies. 

The panel consisted of Dr Maria Kett (Programme Director for the new Humanitarian Policy and Practice MSc), Dr Yulia Ioffe (UCL Inst for Risk & Disaster Reduction)Elias Pavlopoulos (UK-Med)Phil Duloy (Independent consultant) and Anna Landry (The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies).

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In this webinar, we welcomed Professor Dame Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and former Deputy Chief Medical Officer, to find out more about UKHSA and their role in protecting the country from Covid and future pandemics.

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The UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences’ experts who attended COP27, discuss climate change, health and justice, and what needs to be done to take action towards achieving the world's collective climate goals as agreed under the Paris Agreement and the Convention.
The panel consisted of Dr Marina Raminella, Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown and Mita Huq, promoter of climate and health justice. The event was chaired by Prof Anthony Costello.