Food Matters Live 2020, 13-14 October, virtual event

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With the social and economic environment we’re born into having a bigger impact on health than healthcare alone, and the gap between rich and poor continuing the widen at pace throughout the pandemic, the importance of addressing inequalities is undeniable. But how can it be achieved in practice? This session will examine the causes of health inequalities and identify opportunities for action. Case studies will explore local programmes that are using multi-agency approaches to reduce health inequalities and identify lessons learned from hard-won experience.

Chair: Rachel Cooke, Public Health Principal, Wokingham Borough Council

13.30 - 14.00

Health Equity in England: addressing the key social determinants of health 10 years on from The Marmot Review

Jessica Allen, Project Director – Health Inequalities Review for England, UCL Institute of Health Equity

14.00 - 14.20

Understanding the cultural context of food: the impact of food poverty on healthy eating for children and young people

Ben Pearson, Empowerment Programme Officer, Food Power

Tia Clarke, Young Activist and Food Ambassador, Blackburn with Darwen Food Alliance

14.20 - 14.40

Case study: Birmingham’s Healthy Food City

Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health, Birmingham City Council

14.40 - 15.00

Healthier Place, Healthier Future: working across local authority borders to improve health for all

Beth Wolfenden, Public Health Development Manager and Healthier Place Healthier Future Programme Lead (DHSC funded Childhood Obesity Trailblazer Programme), Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Alex Holt, Food Active Programme Lead, Health Equalities Group


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