Health Inequalities

One of the key prerequisites for modern societies to maintain their progress is well-guarded levels of physical and mental health, high life expectancy and access to healthcare. Although some inequalities may be considered unavoidable, there is a whole array of other socioeconomic characteristics that can be tackled as to reduce the vulnerability of certain societal groups.

Ample evidence suggests that such inequalities are largely caused by social gradients. Depending on how well off an individual is as regards their socioeconomic position, their level of education or physical environment, many scientists agree on the overall causal pathways of disparities in health. Yet, each discipline holds its own view on the impact of these factors.

Joint ALLEA-FEAM-KNAW Project

In a bid to align these varying perspectives, ALLEA together with the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Federation of European Academies of Sciences (FEAM) has initiated a multi-disciplinary project aimed at reviewing existing research findings and striking a balance between the outcomes of different disciplines.

A Scientific Committee comprising experts of ALLEA and FEAM academies has been installed to oversee the work carried out within the project. Covering academic backgrounds such as public health, epidemiology, genetics, economics and social sciences, the Committee provides top-notch guidance with a view towards facilitating a tailored interdisciplinary debate.

This project focuses on:

  • causal effects of health inequalities,
  • the role of socioeconomic position in triggering disparities in health,
  • addressing specific mediators of health problems,
  • the effectiveness of interventions and policies.

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