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
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.
Our keynote speaker, Dr. David Williams, gave an inspiring talk which can be found here .
Several other podcasts from the conference are available for you to listen here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thursday 23 October 2014, 10:00-11:30
Location: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Weston Education Centre, King’s College London
Date: Wednesday 08 October, 13:00-14:30
Location: Room STD/S0.13 Strand Campus, King’s College London
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 –
Dr Mary Malone
Lecturer in Department of Primary and Intermediate Care, Kings College London
Dr Tim Doran
Clinical Research Fellow at the National Primary Care Research & Development Centre, University of Manchester
Prof Peter Beresford
Professor of Social Policy, Brunel University
“Participation that overcomes exclusions and inequalities instead of reinforcing them: a key challenge to address”
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
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
Date: Thursday 23 January 2014
Location: Raw Material, Brixton
- 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
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
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:
Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF
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
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
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
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.
HERON’s second conference, ‘current and future directions in health equity research and action,’ will take place on 31 October 2018. The conference will take a future-orientated perspective to explore how we can learn from present research and tackle inequalities through future research and action. For more information click here.
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. See here for the event programme.
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.
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.