Conference on Inequality and Health
The Conference on Inequality and Health was held on 3 March 2016 and was divided into two parts:
In the morning, in the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Girona, Richard Wilkinson (University of Nottingham) gave a conference entitled Inequality, Health, Well-Being (see the video).
In the afternoon, in the Josep Irla Auditorium in Girona, the round table Inequality in Health (see the video) took place, with the participation of Teresa Forcades (Sant Benet Monastery), Àngel Puyol (UAB) and Joan Benach (UPF).
The conference aimed to encourage debate on the link between health and inequality. Of particular note was the presence of the prestigious social epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham, Honorary Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London and Visiting Professor at the University of York. Wilkinson is a leading author in international research on the social determinants of health and on the social effects of income inequality. His position is that societies with a more equitable distribution of income have better health and fewer social problems associated with violence, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, mental illness, obesity and others, and are more cohesive societies than those where the gap between rich and poor is greater. He is co-founder of The Equality Trust, a society that works to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing economic inequality.
This conference was organised jointly with the Chair in Health Promotion and the Faculty of Medicine and thestudies of Philosophy at the University of Girona.