Why does it matter if factors such as gender, class or location make a difference to people’s health over the course of their lives? And if such differences are important, what’s the best way of tackling them?
In 2010, Sir Michael Marmot’s report Fair Society, Heathy Lives affirmed that health inequalities prevent children from getting a good start in life, and obstruct people from enjoying a full range of capabilities. He offered an approach to tackling these inequalities that follows neither of the usual paths taken by health policy. Typically, health interventions are either universal (available to all) or targeted at specific groups or levels of need within society. Each has its own problems. Targeted approaches often struggle to accurately identify those with higher levels of need or disadvantage, and can stigmatise those who are in receipt of them. Universal approaches (traditional in the NHS), for their part, often have poor reach among disadvantaged groups, thus potentially increasing health inequalities. In this Cafe, Dr Jeremy Segrott (Social Sciences, Cardiff University) explores these issues and Marmot’s suggested response to them, which he calls Proportionate Universalism/ How feasible is this way of tackling inequalities? And how likely is it to succeed?
Join us on Tuesday 15 November from 8.00 pm at The Gate to discuss these issues.
You can watch a talk by Sir Michael Marmott on the report here.