Closing her speech, Professor Di Cesare said: “Almost two decades ago the Commission on Social Determinants of Health made a call for governments, civil societies, and other organisations to come together in taking action to achieve health equity. The path to social justice. Today we know that we need to do more. We don’t want to be here again in 20 years and ask ourselves which part of this challenge we have not been able to embrace.
“We acknowledge that the public health and wellbeing challenges we are facing are not simple to tackle but they are within reach if we work together.”
Also speaking at the event were Professor Vicky Joffe, Dean of the School of Health and Social Care, who explained how the Institute will support and magnify Essex’s strengths by putting health promotion at its core, and Peter Cook, Assistant Director of Innovation at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, who outlined the development of Community Diagnostic Centres across the region.
The event was closed with the unveiling of a ESCALA artwork (pictured), loaned to the Institute to celebrate its foundation. The photograph, by Chilean artist Martin Weber was unveiled by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jennifer Tolhurst.