Closing the Gap: The Potential of Sociology for the Study of Policies and Health Inequalities

Monday, 11 July 2016: 17:45
Location: Hörsaal 10 (Juridicum)
Oral Presentation
Amelie QUESNEL-VALLEE, Canada Research Chair in Policies and Health Inequalities, McGill University, Canada
In contrast with inequalities in health that stem from biological differences brought about by age or genetics, social inequalities in health are mutable and avoidable, as they are affected by public policies. In recognition of the importance of these social influences on population health and inequalities, the World Health Organization adopted in 2012 the resolution WHA62.14 endorsing the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health. Through this resolution, member states recognize the existence of social determinants of health and pledge to implement actions outlined in the Rio declaration. In this presentation, I will review the promises and challenges facing the sociological study of policies and health inequalities over the life course. I will conclude with suggestions of ways forward for a future where we close the gap in health inequalities.