Health disparities: The unequal impact of COVID-19 on local and global populations
The unequal impact of COVID-19 on local and global populations
In the first part of Session 1, we begin to explore the unequal impact of COVID-19 on local and global populations. The session chair is CPM Junior Research Fellow Nicky Whiffin. Kevin Fenton – COVID-19, Health inequalities and recovery in London. Kevin has worked in a variety of public health roles across government and academia in the UK and internationally. He became London’s PHE Regional Director of Public Health and NHS in April 2020. He is the statutory public health advisor to the Mayor of London. He provides leadership across London for health, prevention of ill health, health protection and reduction of health inequalities. In November of 2020, Kevin was named by Powerlist as the second most influential black person in Britain for his work leading the fight against coronavirus and his public health leadership on tackling inequalities. In Spring 2020, he oversaw the national PHE review of disparities in risks and outcomes of COVID-19 which included an epidemiological investigation, rapid review of the published literature, and an extensive stakeholder engagement with BAME communities, professionals, faith and system leaders. The review led to seven key recommendations which have shaped a more equitable COVID-19 pandemic response, nationally and locally.