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Influencing the Health Gap: Multi-country perspectives webinar

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Public Health Wales WHO CC and WHO European Regions for Health Network Influencing the Health Gap: Multi-country perspectivesWhen: 24th May 2023Time: 14:00 -15:30 CET/ 13:00-14:30 GMT

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Part of European Public Health week, 22-26 May 2023

Background Throughout Wales and the world, health inequality remains a problem that is interconnected with a wider and complex social, economic and environmental dynamic. Subsequently, action to tackle inequality in health needs to take place at a structural level, acknowledging the constraints affecting an individual or community’s capability and opportunity to enable change. Evidence of how social, economic and environmental factors determining health outcomes is well known, however by using techniques to quantify the relative contribution of these different factors in explaining patterns and trends in health equity and wellbeing, policy makers and practitioners can make more effective decisions on the mix of policies and services they should invest in to close health gaps in their communities and nations. Understanding the factors most closely associated with disparities in health is key in identifying policy levers to reduce health inequalities and improve the health and well-being across populations. In order to further the discussion, this webinar will present experiences and insights on the Health Equity Status Report initiative (HESRi) decomposition analyses, with a multi-country discussion on methods and findings from Wales, Italy and Slovenia, and building on previous work conducted in collaboration by the WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development (Venice, Italy). ScopeThis solutions-focused session will explore how the application of the innovative Decomposition analysis methodology has generated insights into the drivers of health inequities. In addition to local experiences interpreting and applying the analysis, the panel will discuss how it can be used to inform further policy action and potential solutions to reduce the health gap. It aims to:

  • Share multi-country experiences on using the decomposition methodology and how it can be used as a tool to measure health equity
  • To help inform further policy action and potential solutions to reduce the health gap in Wales and beyond
  • Gain insights into the next steps


  • CHAIR: Jo Peden, Consultant in Public Health, WHO Collaborating Centre on Investment for Health and Well-being, Public Health Wales, Public Health Wales
  • Elizabeth Tamang, Regional Representative for Europe, Veneto region, Italy
  • James Allen, Principal Public Health Intelligence Specialist, Population Health, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
  • Nadia Vimercati, Lombardia Region, Italy
  • Luigi Palestini, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy
  • Luigi Bertinato, Director of the Office for International Health & Social Affairs (ISS) Italy
  • Andrej Srakar, Scientific Associate, Institute for Economic Research, Ljubljana; Assistant Professor, School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljan

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