Registration is now open to attend the virtual all-island Joint Public Health Conference on November 17th.
The theme for the online conference is Picking up the Pieces – Public Health and COVID-19.
It will bring together leading international experts to discuss how COVID-19 has affected our lives, with a focus on how the pandemic has impacted inequalities. It will also highlight latest policy, data and research on how the pandemic has impacted public health on the island of Ireland.
The conference is jointly organised by the Institute of Public Health, the Public Health Agency, Queen’s University Belfast, and Ulster University.
The webinar will be relevant to stakeholders with responsibility for public health and the COVID-19 response in Ireland and Northern Ireland; health professionals; policymakers; national and local government; Healthy Ireland and Making Life Better networks; the community and voluntary sector; and the research and academic community.
Programme and Speakers
The conference will include a Ministerial address, keynote speakers, and parallel workshops.
The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Sharon Friel and Professor Susan Michie.
Prof Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University. She was Director of RegNet from 2014-2019. She was the Head of the Scientific Secretariat (University College London) of the World Health Organisation Commission on the Social Determinants of Health between 2005 and 2008. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and co-Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity. In 2014, her international peers voted her one of the world’s most influential female leaders in global health. Her interests are in the political economy of health; governance, policy and regulatory processes related to the social determinants of health inequities, including trade and investment, food systems, urbanisation, climate change.
Prof Susan Michie’s research focuses on behaviour change in relation to health and the environment: how to understand it theoretically and apply theory to intervention development, evaluation and implementation. Her research, collaborating with disciplines such as information science, environmental science, computer science and medicine, covers population, organizational and individual level interventions. Examples include the Human Behaviour-Change Project and Complex Systems for Sustainability and Health. She is an investigator on three Covid-19 research projects. She serves as an expert advisor on the UK’s Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behavioural Science (Covid-19) and is a consultant advisor to the World Health Organisation on Covid-19 and behaviour. She is also expert advisor to Public Health England and the UK Department of Health and Social Care and is Chair of the UK Food Standard Agency’s Social Sciences Advisory Committee.