The evolution of public health in modern society
Join us in this discussion as we speak to Professor Kate Ardern, Honorary Professor of Public Health Salford University and former Director of Public Health Wigan Council. Kate shares her insights into the history of public health and its evolution over the decades. We explore local and national government and the role they play in public health and why local government is so important, looking at how policy can shape the health and well-being of the nation. We also discuss Kate’s work during the Covid pandemic and the crucial role she played. We hope you enjoy this discussion as much as we did!
1. Who is the guest in this episode of the podcast?
The guest in this episode of the podcast is Professor Kate Ardern, ex-Director of Public Health Wigan.
2. What are the four key components of Public Health according to Kate Ardern?
The four key components of Public Health according to Kate Ardern are looking and influencing the determinants of Health, Health improvement, Health protection, and epidemiology.
3. What was the role of Kate Ardern during the pandemic in Wigan?
Kate Ardern had three roles during the pandemic in Wigan: Director of Public Health, Chief of Emergency Planning Officer, and Public Health advisor to Mayor Andy Burnham.
4. What is the Young Health Champions programme and how did it involve young people?
The Young Health Champions programme was a citizen-led public health approach that involved young people in creating a community of health champions. It introduced a qualification into schools and involved young people in designing information based on what they would respond to.
5. What are the three key takeaways Kate Ardern has learnt from the pandemic?
Relationships, trust, and teamwork.