The focus of this session will be to explore how we can address longstanding health inequalities and inequities affecting migrant individuals and improve healthcare access for the most marginalised.
First, Harvey. Kennedy will introduce the concept of health inequalities, how they emerge and their effects on the health outcomes. Secondly, he will cover both medical and non-medical social determinants of health and the impact of structural barriers such as xenophobia and discrimination on migration.
Through this presentation, the delegates will improve their understanding of how the personal and professional efforts of community health champions across Europe can be maximised, consider how they can take action across healthcare, policy and practice to improve migrant health outcomes, and, finally, reflect on the ways in which they can better position themselves to address barriers to healthcare access for migrant individuals, wherever they are.
Harvey Kennedy, University of Chester, United Kingdom
Harvey Kennedy-Pitt is an internationally educated scientist, educator, lecturer, integrated public health education and promotion practitioner and academic. As a public health leader, Harvey’s public health interests include addressing health disparities across communities of colour, particularly among those with raciosexual minority identities.
As a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and CEO & Founding Director of Black Beetle Health CIO, he implements innovative public health approaches to community engagement, academic research, social wealth development, empowerment, and capacity building in order to tackle long-standing health disparities for LGBTQ+ Black and People of Colour.
Now completing his public health doctoral studies at the University of Chester in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, he hopes to continue to shed light on the ever-emerging evidence informing existing sexual health and wellbeing services for raciosexual minorities individuals in the UK.