Erin McFeely, chief executive of Developing Healthy Communities, is among the speakers to feature at the Joint Public Health Annual Conference on 17th November.

The theme of this year’s event, which is co-hosted by the Public Health Agency (PHA), Institute of Public Health in Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University is Picking up the Pieces – Public Health and COVID-19.

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This half-day live web conference will focus on how COVID-19 has affected the lives of our citizens, with a particular emphasis on how the pandemic has impacted the crisis of inequalities across several aspects of life. This joint event aims to raise the profile of public health research, interventions and innovation and engage local professionals, practitioners and researchers working in the broad field of public health.

Keynote speakers are:

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Professor Sharon Friel, 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.

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Professor Susan Michie, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London & Co-Director of NIHR’s Behavioural Science Policy Research Unit.

In addition to the keynote plenary sessions delegates will have the opportunity to participate in parallel sessions showcasing the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on society, how this has affected inequalities and how we begin to recover from this.

Erin McFeely, chief executive of Developing Healthy Communities will speak at a parallel session on The effectiveness of cross-sector collaboration in addressing health inequality during the Covid-19 pandemic.

She commented:

“I look forward to sharing the findings of our survey on the impact of Covid-19 on the voluntary and community sector and the communities we serve. In addition, I’ll report on the learning from our online seminar which brought together leaders from the both the C&V sector and statutory agencies to share their experiences and insights into the challenges we face and ways of overcoming them through collaboration.”