Events

HERON organises a number of activities to bring different groups of people together to talk about health inequalities. This includes conferences, seminars, workshops, research outreach, exhibitions and performance, as well as the SELPh project.  Frequent collaborators include King’s Diversity and Inclusion and the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies. Please see below for further information.

Conferences
The first Health Inequalities Research Network (HERON) Conference took place on 14-15th May 2014 in London, England at the Coin St Neighbourhood Centre. The event brought together researchers, voluntary organisations, community leaders and service providers, all with an interest in health inequalities for two days of talks and discussions.

Our keynote speaker, Dr. David Williams’ inspiring talk is now available via soundcloud.

You can also follow the Powerpoint presentation here as you listen.

There are many more podcasts available on our soundcloud page from the conference for you to listen to here.

HERON is an international network founded in 2010. It aims to develop and promote the interaction of health practitioners and researchers with community members and representatives to enable a more collaborative approach to action and research in inequalities in health and health service use at national and community levels.

The conference was organised as a part of the ESRC/NIH funded US-UK Comparison of Discrimination & Disparities in Health & Health Service Use study, and featured the distinguished keynote speaker, Dr. David Williams (Harvard University; Florence Sprague Norman & Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology). The conference was funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.

HERON Conference Committee 

The HERON Conference committee members are researchers from King’s College London and Columbia University, New York, including Dr Stephani Hatch, Prof. Bruce Link, Prof. Matthew Hotopf, Dr Dana March, Prof. Graham Thornicroft, Dr Craig Morgan, Dr Charlotte Woodhead, Billy Gazard, Dr Samuel Harvey, Prof. Ezra Susser, and Prof. Ian McKeague. If you have any questions regarding the conference please email us at heron@kcl.ac.uk..

Seminars
Confronting Racial Inequalities in Education, Employment and Health: Challenges and Opportunities
David R. Williams (Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University) delivered a lecture looking at the ways that we can address racial inequalities that impact opportunities and positive outcomes in education, employment and health. This event contributed to King’s College London’s celebration of Black History Month.

View slides here

Date: Thursday 23 October 2014, 10:00-11:30

Location: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Weston Education Centre, King’s College London

The US National Prevention Strategy in action: collecting data to better identify and address health disparities in Native American communities
HERON cosponsored the first SSHM Seminar series of the term at the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King’s College London. Prof. Patrik Johansson (University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health) presented community based research, ‘The US National Prevention Strategy in action: collecting data to better identify and address health disparities in Native American communities’.

Date: Wednesday 08 October, 13:00-14:30

Location: Room STD/S0.13 Strand Campus, King’s College London

Past Seminars
2013: HERON hosted a symposium at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York on 30 April 2013, ‘Putting Health Disparities in Place: Comparative Perspectives on the US and UK’.

2012: HERON co-sponsored the Liaison Psychiatry seminar; Measuring and Monitoring  Health Inequalities: Introduction to and wider uses for the Health Disparities Calculator developed by the US National Cancer Institute by Dr Steve Meersman. Dr Steve Meersman is a Senior Scientific Advisor at the John Snow Institute (JSI Research & Training, Inc), an international public health research institute and consultant to the Surveillance Research Program at the National Cancer Institute, National Institute for Health

2011: HERON’s first seminar on Health Inequalities, co-hosted by the Institute of Psychiatry’s Epidemiology Interest Group, was held at Kings College London, Strand Campus on the 7th of April 2011 from 13:30 – 16:30.

Speakers for the seminar were as follows:

Prof Bruce Link

Professor of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, New York –

 “The social shaping of population health”

Dr Mary Malone

Lecturer in Department of Primary and Intermediate Care, Kings College London

“The internet, the ‘digital divide’ and the effect of place: patterns of health information seeking amongst families with children under five years of age in one inner London area”

Dr Tim Doran

Clinical Research Fellow at the National Primary Care Research & Development Centre, University of Manchester

“The response of the NHS to health inequalities”

Prof Peter Beresford

Professor of Social Policy, Brunel University

“Participation that overcomes exclusions and inequalities instead of reinforcing them: a key challenge to address”

Workshops
Trans* Health and Well-Being
The workshop brought together community activists, trans* organisations, academic researchers and policy-makers together to focus on matters of trans* health and well-being, particularly as these relate to trans* communities’ struggles for social and legal equality, and access to adequate healthcare provisions. A core focus of the event was to explore the potential for developing collaborative alliances between trans* organisations and academic researchers interested in advancing the cause of transgender health and well-being. Audio-recordings of the sessions can be found here

Session 1:Identity, marginalisation, discrimination and well-being

Jay McNeil (Lancaster University) Trans research in context: With not about

Liam Timmins (King’s College London) Minority stress and mental health in gender minorities

Samir Jeraj and Suzanna Yong Lee (Race Equality Foundation) Black and Minority Ethnic and Trans*: Sharing the experience

Session 2:Accessing healthcare

Helen Belcher (TransMedia Watch) Findings from the #transdocfail survey

Habib Naqvi (NHS England)  NHS England’s Approach to Improving Gender Identity Services

Ruth Pearce (Warwick University) Trans Temporality: Anticipation and fear in accessing healthcare

Session 3: Acceptance, community resilience and safe spaces

Zowie Davy (University of Lincoln)  Democratizing Diagnoses: (Trans*)forming the DSM 5

Lee Gale (TransBareAll)  The work of TransBareAll

Michelle Ross and Serge Nicholson (CliniQ) The work of CliniQ

Date: Thursday 09 April 2015

Location: Strand Campus, King’s College London

Creativity and Mental Health

HERON ran an interactive workshop with staff and volunteers at Raw Material. Raw Material is a specialized education, training and creative production house in Brixton which promote opportunities, engagement and progression in the creative and expressive arts. It runs a number of creative music projects geared particularly towards excluded people, reducing non-engagement, anti-social behaviour, re-offending and mental health relapse. The workshop aimed to disseminate the current evidence of the mental health benefits of creative arts interventions and stimulate a wider discussion on how researchers can work more closely with local organisations to help evaluate community art projects as well as tackle stigma, discrimination and social exclusion using a variety of media.

Date: Thursday 23 January 2014

Location: Raw Material, Brixton

Public Talks
SAPPHIRE Summit
Our colleagues at SAPPHIRE are held a SAPPHIRE Summit on 4th July 2013 at the Institute of Psychiatry in Denmark Hill. The day-long event is a showcase for disseminating the findings of their Programme Grant (SAPPHIRE: Improving Mental Health Outcomes by Reducing Stigma and Discrimination).  There were four symposia on SAPPHIRE findings:

  • Understanding discrimination
  • Using mass media to counter stigma and discrimination
  • Stigma and discrimination and access to healthcare
  • Discrimination and employment

Guest speakers included:

  • Frank Bruno MBE: Former world heavyweight boxing champion
  • Norman Lamb MP: Liberal Democrat Party and Health Minister
  • Lord Dennis Stevenson: The Rt Hon the Lord Stevenson of Coddenham
  • Charles Walker MP: Conservative Party
  • Kevan Jones MP: Labour Party
  • Dr. Diana Rose – Service User Research Enterprise (SURE) – Co-director
  • Clarke Carlisle – Chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association & Ambassador for the ‘Kick it Out Campaign’.
  • Eleanor Longden – Doctoral Researcher & Intervoice Activist
  • Bill McKnight – Poet, Author of ‘Loud Silence
Library Tour
With the aim of sharing locally relevant research findings and highlighting health inequalities HERON conducted a library tour in March 2012.

Researchers from the HERON Network presented data from the South East London Community Health [SELCoH] Study which was conducted between June 2008 and December 2010.

Researchers held question and answer sessions within the local libraries to discuss the research findings from the study.

Confirmed times and dates:

Brixton Library Saturday 10 March 2012 12-2pm

Clapham Library Saturday 10 March 2012 3-5pm

John Harvard Library Tuesday 13 March 2012 10-12pm

Camberwell Library Tuesday 13 March 2012 3-5pm

HERON Public Engagement Evening
With the vision of developing and promoting the interaction between researchers, health practitioners and community members in order to have a more collaborative approach to research within the community, HERON hosted a public engagement evening at the South London Gallery on the 7th of April 2011 to discuss improving health and wellbeing in the community.

The evening was chaired by Professor Graham Thornicroft and the panellists included:

Ann Marie Connolly Director of Public Health at NHS South East London

Tony Coggins Head of Mental Health Promotion at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM)

Lolade Osinowo BME Outreach Worker at Cares of Life Service

Khalida Ismail Clinical Reader and Honorary Consultant Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry

Charities and organisations from Southwark and Lambeth were invited to discuss:

  • Their organisations’ services in Southwark and Lambeth
  • Highlight problems in health and accessing health care that are specific to their service users
  • Strategies that can be used to empower individuals and their communities and strengthen collaborative links between organisations

A lively discussion and debate with the audience addressed the evening’s theme of health and wellbeing, inequalities in health and community empowerment.

Some of the local organisations that were involved in the evening discussions included:

Exhibitions and Performances
Exhibitions
HERON has collaboration with the South East London Photography (SELPh) Group on exhibitions in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Performances
2017 'Back Story'
As part of the 2017 Camberwell Film Festival, HERON hosted the UK premiere of Back Story. Back Story is a documentary created by the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies that examines what it feels like to be a Black male living in America. Five young Black men from different backgrounds and areas of New Orleans, LA, filmed their lives for six months and shared their views on everything from education to criminal justice. Intercut with archival footage, interviews at recent civil rights events and with civil rights leaders Al Sharpton and Marc Morial, the documentary provided a glimpse into the variety of expression of Black maleness in the United States. After the screening, Professor Ann McNeill chaired a panel discussion with Iman Shervington (director of Back Story), Michael Bennett (Head of Player Welfare at the Professional Football Association), Letitia Johnson (Winner of the 2016 IoPPN HERON- BRC Youth Award in Sociology, Psychology & Health) and Dr Stephani Hatch.Date: 07 April 2017

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF

2016 'Cancel the Sunshine'
For Black History Month 2016 HERON hosted the play, Cancel the Sunshine, at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience for academic staff, health professionals and local community members. The play offered the opportunity for the audience to reflect on their experiences of mental illness and/or the experience of others in services or in the community, and talk about the relationship between social identity, stigma and mental illness.
2013 'The Interview'
‘It was an array of beautiful works of art and vibrant colours. But behind the canvases, the sculptures, and photography on display there were very poignant messages to be taken on board by those who visited The Bermondsey Project Art Gallery to see Lambeth College’s exhibition ‘The Interview’…..>more here

An exhibition by Lambeth College L3 BTEC Extended Diploma Art students in collaboration with HERON and Faces in Focus, an advice, information, support and counselling service for young people in Southwark and Lambeth.

Duration:     06-09 June 2013

Opening Times:     Daily 12pm-6pm

Opening Event:     06 June 6pm-9pm

Venue:     Bermondsey Project, 46 Willow Walk, London SE1 5SF

www.bermondseyproject.com

The Interview is an exhibition of work inspired and made in response to a series of dialogues that took place between HERON facilitators and young people who have been using services at Faces in Focus. HERON facilitators asked these young people to describe their personal experiences of unfair treatment and discrimination and anonymised text from the dialogues was presented to students at Lambeth College to inspire their artwork. The students also incorporated their own personal experiences to create additional layers of narrative. The end result has been to produce a series of maquettes, photographs and ‘mood’ walls that re-imagine spaces in which these dialogues took place. From this, they developed further images and animated projections interpreting the events taking place in the dialogues.

During the opening event there will be a one-off performance of Slipped-aways

Slipped-aways

A performance by Lambeth College L3 BTEC Extended Diploma Performing Arts, Acting and Dance students in collaboration with HERON and Faces in Focus.

Performance:     06 June 7pm

Venue: Bermondsey Project, 46 Willow Walk, London SE1 5SF

www.bermondseyproject.com

Slipped-aways is a performance exploration of the same dialogues collected by HERON. The performance particularly concerns issues of anonymity, disappearance, redaction, and physical and psychological pain that manifests from experiences of unfair treatment and discrimination. Two different course groups are involved in the project and they have been studying mime and butoh respectively and their performance work will be presented in those mediums. As such the performance is non-verbal and heavily stylised. The actors mimic the interview process itself, exhuming autobiographical memories through mime; the dancers constructed highly impressionistic butoh vignettes inspired by the above listed issues.

 

Upcoming Events

13th December 2017: The final event for the RISE 2017 course where students will have the opportunity to present their research projects will take place at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in the Robin Murray Lecture Theatre, 2-5pm.

 

Previous Events 

12th July 2017: HERON provided a day of work experience at King’s College London to students of the RISE 2016 course at Christ The King (CTK) Aquinas Sixth Form College.

27th & 29th June: HERON provided a shortened version of the RISE course over two workshops at Harris Girls Academy, East Dulwich, South London through existing contacts with The REACH Study.

7th April 2017: HERON hosted the UK premiere of ‘Back Story’ in collaboration with  King’s Diversity and Inclusion. ‘Back Story’ is a documentary created by the Institute of Women & Ethics Studies and directed by Iman Shervington.

8th February 2017: The final event for the RISE 2016 course at Christ The King (CTK) Aquinas Sixth Form College took place at the ORTUS, Maudsley Hospital where students presented their work to an expert panel of researchers at King’s College London.

20th October 2016:  HERON and King’s Diversity and Inclusion co-hosted ‘Cancel the Sunshine’, a play directed by Chantelle Dusette exploring experiences of living with mental illness for Black History Month 2016.

20th November 2015: HERON took the lead on the development of the Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Youth Awards. HERON award-winners worked with the national Young People’s Mental Health Advisory Group to plan an engagement event for the Young People’s Takeover Day.

9th April 2015:  HERON organised a workshop on Trans* Health and Well-Being which brought together community activists, trans* organisations, academic researchers and policy-makers.

23rd October 2014: David R. Williams delivered a lecture looking at the ways that we can address racial inequalities that impact opportunities and positive outcomes in education, employment and health. This event contributed to King’s College London’s celebration of Black History Month.

8th October 2014:  HERON co-sponsored the first SSHM Seminar Series of the term at the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King’s College London.

14th – 15th May 2014: The first HERON conference took place at the Coin St Neighbourhood Centre, London. The event brought together researchers, voluntary organisations, community leaders and service providers, all with an interest in health inequalities for two days of talks and discussions.

24th – 30th April 2013: SELPh exhibition at House Gallery in Camberwell, South East London.

23rd January 2014: HERON ran an interactive workshop with staff and volunteers at Raw Material.

15th November 2013: HERON hosted an interactive event with PhD students and postdoctoral researchers within the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry.

6th – 9th June 2013: The Interview project exhibited work inspired and made in response to a series of dialogues that took place between HERON facilitators and young people who have been using serviced at Faces in Focus.

6th June 2013: A performance titled ‘Slipped-aways’ was performed by Lambeth College L3 BTEC Extended Diploma Performing Arts, Acting and Dance students in collaboration with HERON and Faces in Focus.

4th June 2013: Colleagues at SAPPHIRE hosted a summit at the Institute of Psychiatry in Denmark Hill.

30th April 2013: HERON hosted a symposium titled ‘Putting Health Disparities in Place: Comparative Perspectives on the US and UK’. at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York.

21st March – 23rd March 2013: SELPh exhibition at 198 Gallery in Herne Hill, South East London.

26th April 2012: HERON ran interactive workshops with Health and Social Care BTEC (level 3) 1st and 2nd year students at Lambeth College.

29th March – 4th April 2012: SELPh exhibition at the New Gallery in Peckham, South East London.

10th & 13th March 2012: HERON conducted a library tour sharing locally relevant research finding and highlight health inequalities.

2012: HERON co-sponsored the Liaison Psychiatry seminar; Measuring and Monitoring Health Inequalities.

7th April 2011: HERON hosted the first seminar on Health Inequalities, co-hosted by the Institute of Psychiatry’s Epidemiology Interest Group.

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