Report 3/2015
Report on the Global Symposium: The Role of Physicians and National Medical Associations in Addressing the Social Determinants of Health and Increasing Health Equity by UCL Institute of Health Equity, Canadian Medical Association

Report on the Global Symposium: The Role of Physicians and National Medical Associations in Addressing the Social Determinants of Health and Increasing Health Equity

Summary

On March 24 and 25th 2015, delegates from around the world came together to discuss the role of physicians and national medical associations (NMA) in addressing the social determinants of health (SDoH) and health equity.

The event was supported by the Department of Health England, the British Medical Association,the Canadian Medical Association, the World Medical Association (WMA) and UCL Institute of Health Equity.

The resulting report, produced by the Canadian Medical Association, can be viewed by following this link.

The report pulls together the results of conversations from the day, and sets outs some actions for Doctors, or #Doctors4HealthEquity, to address the social determinants of health in every day work.

The objectives of the meeting were as follows:

  • To develop recommendations for the WMA and national medical associations on practical actions to improve health equity
  • To establish an international network and knowledge exchange platform for sharing policy innovations, clinical practices, and education and training programs for addressing the social determinants of health and health equity
  • To inform a report outlining actions that can be undertaken by physicians to address the health inequities of patients and communities
  • To inform the drafting of a WMA declaration on health equity and the social determinants — launch October 2016
  • To contribute to Michael Marmot’s health equity agenda for his 2015–16 presidency of the WMA Approximately 140 delegates attended the sessions. The symposium showcased more than 25 speakers from 17 different countries, including Canada, the United States, Australia, Zambia, Trinidad and Tobago, Finland, Myanmar and many others.
Presentations from the symposium 20 speakers representing more than 15 different countries:

To compliment the report, we also provide access to a number of the presentations from the day:

  • Mark Porter (British Medical Association (BMA) Council Chair) - Welcome and Introductions - No PowerPoint
  • Andre Bernard (Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) representative to the World Medical Association (WMA)) - Lunch and Lunchtime Session (moderator): Social Determinants of Health in Education and Training - No PowerPoint
  • Wunna Tun (Communication Director of Junior Doctor Network of World Medical Association) - Myanmar Medical Association- actions on the social determinants of health - no PowerPoint
  • Jenny Buckley (Research Specialist in the Medical Professionalism Directorate at the Canadian Medical Association (CMA)) - Lunch and Lunchtime Session (moderator): Lessons learned from working with vulnerable populations - No PowerPoint 
  • Aidan Halligan (Director of Well North) - Improving the health of the poorest fastest: a case study - No Powerpoint