Prof. Sir Michael Marmot speaks on Inequalities in Health at Formal Hall Dinner
On the 29th of November 2018, Morningside Fellows, guests, and students gathered for the second formal hall dinner of the Fall semester to mark the closing of the term. After opening remarks by Dean of Students Professor Colin Graham, two exchange students took to the stage to thank the Morningside community for creating such a welcoming and inclusive environment for their time on exchange.
Following dinner, Director of the University College London Institute for Health Equity, Professor Sir Michael Marmot, gave a talk entitled “The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world”. Sir Michael spoke of the intersection between the social determinants of health and health care services in order to explain the stark variations in life expectancy between countries and within them. He highlighted the differences between investments in healthcare and in health, thus emphasizing the importance of social factors and life course in determining someone’s life expectancy. Students were fascinated by Sir Michael’s riveting lecture and many approached him after with follow up questions regarding the issues that he raised.