Poverty SIG

The Poverty Special Interest Group (SIG) was established in 2022 to provide an authoritative resource and network for the public health community to promote and protect UK population health through addressing poverty, both by its reduction and mitigation. 

Specifically, the SIG aims to:

    1. To provide a resource to collate definitions of poverty and information on changing levels and burden of all types of poverty, the evidence of their impact on health, and the effect of national policies on poverty.
    2. To share knowledge and experience of interventions to both prevent and mitigate the effects of poverty in all its forms at local and national level and their impact on health.
    3. To share learning on how public health professionals can influence policies addressing poverty.
    4. To engage and partner with existing poverty focused bodies and with other health related organisations.
    5. To coordinate the work of other SIGs in this space.
    6. To advocate for policies to alleviate poverty and to thereby reduce health inequities.
    7. To develop a communication strategy for the work of the SIG.

The Poverty SIG reports to the Health Improvement Committee (HIC) and is chaired by Paul Roderick. Please contact pjr@soton.ac.uk if you would like to join our meetings. Please note that in order to join any SIG you are required to be a member of the Faculty of Public Health.