Social Inequalities: A Forgotten Factor in Influenza Pandemic Preparedness

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 3:30pm

110 Tate Hall

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Svenn flyer

Dr. Svenn-Erik Mamelund will be giving a talk on September 11, 2019, from 3.30-5.30 pm at 110 Tate Hall.

His academic affiliation is Work Research Institute, Oslo Metropolitan University. The topic of the lecture is  “Social inequalities: a forgotten factor in influenza pandemic preparedness.”

From Dr. Mamelund's abstract: Reducing social inequality in health is at the core of international health work, but does not form part of the discussion in international preparedness plans for pandemic influenza. This is surprising given that influenza pandemic mortality rates are highest among those with the lowest socioeconomic status. In this talk, I will;

  • Review the literature on socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and pandemic influenza outcomes,
  • Discuss underlying causes of social inequalities and why these inequities are a forgotten factor in influenza pandemic preparedness, and
  • Address how a more holistic preparedness that considers cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity may reduce social inequalities in pandemic outcomes and thus reduce the total burden on morbidity, hospitalizations and mortality during the next pandemic