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 Anne-Marie Bagnall 

Professor Anne-Marie Bagnall

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Social Relations, Health and Well-being and the Case of the Missing Evidence

In 1948, the World Health Organisation defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”, as a resource for living a full life. Yet physical, mental and social wellbeing continue to be unequally distributed.

In 1986, the Ottawa Charter for health promotion called for “empowerment of communities - their ownership and control of their own endeavours and destinies”, and in 2016 the Vienna Declaration for Public Health called for “information as a means to give voice to the weak and to make the invisible visible”.

This lecture draws on findings from Anne-Marie’s research in community engagement, community wellbeing, social isolation and loneliness, to explore what information is still missing from the evidence base, who and what is still ‘invisible’ and whose voices still need to be heard. 



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