About this event

  • Date and time Fri 17 May 2024 from 10:00am to 4:45pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Association of Directors of Public Health, Royal Society for Public Health

The Royal Society of Medicine has joined with the Faculty of Public Health, the Association of Directors of Public Health and the Royal Society for Public Health to host this major event addressing poverty in the UK.

Leaders from both the charitable and public health sectors will deliver insightful talks, shedding light on the root causes of poverty and the current cost-of-living crisis. The profound impact of poverty on health, particularly among vulnerable groups such as children and families, will be a particular focus of the day. Conference attendees can expect a thought-provoking day filled with diverse perspectives, robust discussions, and an emphasis on actionable solutions for combating poverty and its adverse effects at both the national and local levels.

By attending you will:

  • Participate in dynamic Q&A sessions with expert speakers from charitable and public health backgrounds.
  • Collaborate on identifying actionable next steps for the public health community to effectively address poverty and its health-related consequences.
  • Contribute to the formulation of a comprehensive public health consensus statement on poverty, which will serve as a powerful advocacy tool for influencing governmental policy decisions.

Only virtual places are currently available. In person places are now sold out.  

To secure your virtual attendance, please register via this link. Please note that you will need to create a free account with the RSM in order to register.

Join us as we unite to confront one of society's most pressing challenges and work towards meaningful change.

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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction from host organisation

Professor Kevin Fenton President Faculty of Public Health, William Roberts, Chief Executive, Royal Society of Public Health, Professor Greg Fell President Association Directors of Public Health, Professor Maggie Rae, President of Epidemiology and Public Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Poverty in the UK - A view from Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Paul Kissack, Group Chief Executive of Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust

Helping citizens living in poverty

Clare Moriarty, Chief Executive, Citizens Advice

Localised perspectives on poverty - Transport poverty in Scotland

Dr Margaret Douglas, Consultant Public Health Scotland

Facilitating financial wellbeing - A local authority perspective

Dhanya Gardner, Public Health StR and member of the FPH Poverty SIG 

Audience engagement
Steps to reduce poverty and improve health and the economy

Hannah Slaughter, Senior Economist at Resolution Foundation

Child poverty - A Welsh perspective

Dr Ciaran Humphreys, Public Health Wales, Child Poverty

Tackling child poverty in the UK

Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Action Poverty Group 

Call to action: consensus statement and next steps

Chair: Professor Paul Roderick 

Closing remarks from host organisation

Professor Kevin Fenton, William Roberts, Professor Greg Fell, Professor Maggie Rae

Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

The agenda is subject to change at any time.

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenter’s and RSM’s discretion.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.