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The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World

November 9, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Professor Sir Michael G. Marmot, MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRCP, FFPHM, FMedSci, FBA: Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity (Marmot Institute); President of the World Medical Association

9781632860781Taking 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. But policies 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. The evidence is laid out in Sir Marmot’s new book: The Health Gap: the Challenge of an Unequal World.

Sir Michael Marmot has led research groups on health inequalities for over 35 years.  He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), which was set up by the World Health Organization in 2005, and produced the report entitled: Closing the Gap in a Generation in August 2008.  At the request of the British Government, he conducted a Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010, which published its report Fair Society, Healthy Lives in February 2010. This was followed by the European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide, for WHO Euro.  He chaired the Breast Screening Review for the NHS National Cancer Action Team and was a member of The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health.  He is a Principal Investigator of the Whitehall II Studies of British Civil Servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality. He leads the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and is engaged in several international research efforts on the social determinants of health.  He served as President of the British Medical Association (BMA) in 2010-2011, and is the new President of the British Lung Foundation.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians.  He was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for six years and in 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen, for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities.  Internationally acclaimed, Professor Marmot is a Foreign Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and a former Vice President of the Academia Europaea.  He won the Balzan Prize for Epidemiology in 2004, gave the Harveian Oration in 2006, and won the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research in 2008.  Professor Marmot has been awarded a Harvard Lowns Professorship for 2014-2017. He is President-Elect of the World Medical Association and will take up the role of President of the WMA in 2015.  He has been awarded honorary doctorates from 14 universities. In October 2015, he became President of the World Medical Association.

Book signing to follow.

Light lunch provided.

Registration required.


November 9, 2015
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Minot Room, Fifth Floor (Countway Library of Medicine)
10 Shattuck Street
Boston,MA02115United States
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