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Professor Margaret Whitehead becomes Dame in New Year Honours

Professor Margaret Whitehead, Head of the University of Liverpool’s Department of Public Health and Policy, has been awarded a damehood in the New Year Honours List for services to Public Health. Professor Whitehead is honoured for her outstanding contribution to society’s understanding of health inequalities, with a significant influence on public health internationally.

Over the last 30 years, Margaret Whitehead has made a distinctive and unique contribution to the field of public health, in particular to the study of the social determinants of health and health inequalities. The range of her work is unparalleled in this field, covering the whole spectrum from ‘ethics to action’.

Professor Whitehead is co-lead of the LiLaC membership of NIHR SPHR, with Professor Jennie Popay at Lancaster University. She is a member of the School’s Executive Group and the research team working on the SPHR Communities in Control study.

“I am both honoured and overwhelmed by this award” said Professor Whitehead. “I regard this award as an honour for all my colleagues in Liverpool and around the world in recognition of the importance of using research to tackle the unfairness of health inequalities.”


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