Launch of the UCL Institute of Health Equity

The Internatonal Journal of Public Health is very much focused on social inequalities in health! We recently published a special issue on the subject, as well as a Supplement on social determinants of child and adolescent health. We are, therefore, happy to see that there is a movement towards more research on socioeconomic inequalities in health, as well as efforts to tranlsate this research into practice; a fine example of that is the news of the launch of the UCL Institute of Health Equity.

The institute was launced today (21 November 2011) by the UK health secretary Andrew Lansley and Professor Sir Michael Marmot who will be the director of the Institute. According to the press release, the institute  “aims to reduce health inequalities through action on the social determinants”. It will be funded by the UK Department of Health, UCL and the British Medical Association.

For an insight of how this institute came to life, please read this post by Professor Sir Michael Marmot on his personal blog.

We are very excited to see the work of this new institute and send them our best wishes! And while you wait to see the results of their work, why don’t you have a look at the latest IJPH articles on socioeconomic inequalites? A few examples here, here and here ! And some articles free to download here, and here .

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