Professor Emeritus Denny Vågerö is confirmed as a plenary speaker with the title ‘Health inequalities – the long view’.

Professor Vågerö will compare the discourse around health today with an earlier discourse, 35 years ago when ESHMS was founded, and also 100-150 years ago at the time when the documentation of class and mortality became a notable movement in many European countries.

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Cláudia de Freitas is Associate Researcher at the Department of Health and Society of the Institute of Public Health and Invited Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Portugal. She lectures at the University of Seville, Spain, and is research collaborator at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology at University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), where she previously held two post-doctoral research grants. As a social scientist working at the intersection of Sociology and Public Health, Cláudia’s interests include public and patient involvement, data governance, digital sociology and migrant health. Her work’s main focus is on participation by traditionally under-served groups in health decision-making, including people dealing with mental illness, infertility and rare disease and ethnic minorities, and its implications for biomedical research, health care and policy. She currently leads a project on the risks and benefits of participatory health data governance. Cláudia serves as Review Editor for the Health Inequalities section of Frontiers in Public Health and has recently worked as a consultant for an Open Society Foundations project on Roma health governance. Her work has been awarded several prizes by ISCTE-IUL and the Norwegian Medical Association.

Read abstract “Public participation in health data governance: an imperative raising divide?

Piet Bracke (°1961) is a full professor at the department of sociology of Ghent University. He focuses on population (mental) health and health services use from a macro-sociological, institutional perspective. Mental health, stigma and mental health services use are a constant focus of attention; cancer screening participation is a more recent research topic. He, in collaboration with the members of his research team, published in the major health sociological journals, such as Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Health & Social Behavior and Sociology of Health & Illness. Piet Bracke is a former president of the ESHMS (2010-2014).

Read abstract “Population health and societal transformations an institutional approach“.