"The impact on health and equity of social and economic policies"

Final conference of the European research project SOPHIE

Conference posterBrussels, 29 September 2015; 9:00-14:30

Venue: MundoB, Brussels

Limited places. Register here!

In this event, we are going to present and discuss the main findings and policy implications of the European research project SOPHIE. We will present new evidence on the health equity impacts of policies that shape people's living circumstances, including macroeconomics (economic cycles, fiscal policies), social protection (unemployment benefits, family policies), labour market (active labour market policies, employment relations), built and social environment (urban renewal, urban planning, neighbourhood safety), housing (housing systems, social accommodations, building retrofitting) and gender equity.


9.30 Opening: Co-host Eleonora Evi (MEP EFDD), Barbara Kerstiens (DG RTD), Carme Borrell (SOPHIE coordinator).

9.45 Panel 1: Urban environment & Housing

Chair: Matthias Braubach (World Health Organisation)

SOPHIE presentations: Giuseppe Costa, Università di Torino; Anton Kunst, Academic Medical Center University of Amsterdam; Fernando Díaz, Càritas Barcelona.

Discussants: Eleonora Evi (MEP EFDD), Paula Rey (DG ENERGY), Ruth Owen (FEANTSA).


10.45 Coffee break

11.00 Panel 2: Crisis, Austerity, Welfare & Employment

Chair: Chiara Bodini (People's Health Movement)

SOPHIE presentations: Marc Suhrcke, Centre for Health Economics, York; Carles Muntaner, University of Toronto; Christophe Vanroelen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Discussants: Jean Lambert (MEP Greens), Sian Jones (European Anti-Poverty Network), Dieter Vandenbroeck, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.


12.20 Panel 3: Gender

Chair: Caroline Costongs (Eurohealthnet)

SOPHIE presentation: Laia Palència and Davide Malmusi, Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona.

Discussants: Peggy Maguire (European Public Health Alliance and European Institute of Women's Health), Isabel de la Mata (DG SANTE).


13.00 Closing: Carme Borrell (SOPHIE coordinator), Co-host Sirpa Pietikäinen (MEP EPP), Agnes Molnar (DG SANTE)

13.30 Lunch & press opportunity

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