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GCPH Seminar Series 19 - Lecture 3: Prof Kevin Fenton

12 Jun 2023, 3.30pm - 5.00pm via Zoom

United Kingdom


A public health approach to incorporating anti-racism and structural discrimination in tackling racial and ethnic health disparities

In this talk, Professor Fenton explored the importance of incorporating anti-racism and addressing structural discrimination in public health efforts to tackle racial and ethnic health disparities. He discussed how systemic racism and discrimination contribute to health inequities and how a public health approach that recognises and addresses these factors can lead to more effective and equitable solutions. He also explored practical strategies for incorporating anti-racism and addressing structural discrimination in public health policies and programs. By working towards a more equitable and just health and care system, we can improve health outcomes and overall wellbeing of all individuals and communities.

Kevin Fenton

About the speaker

Professor Kevin Fenton CBE PrFPH PhD FRCP 
Regional Director for London at Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, Public Health Advisor to the Mayor of London, President of the Faculty of Public Health

Kevin Fenton is the President of the Faculty of Public Health. He is a senior public health expert and infectious disease epidemiologist who has worked in a variety of public health executive leadership roles across government and academia in the United Kingdom and internationally. His specialist interests are in tackling health inequalities, infectious disease prevention and control, climate justice and urban health. Professor Fenton is the Regional Director for London in the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) within the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Within this role, he is also the statutory public health advisor to the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority and the Regional Director of Public Health for NHS London. He is also the government’s Chief Advisor on HIV and Chair of the HIV Action Plan Implementation Steering Group for England.  As President, Kevin works closely with the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges, UK Local Government Association and a wide range of partners who have interests in Public Health. Kevin is committed to working with all 4 Nations of the UK and FPH members across the world.

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