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CAPE fellow to work with Cambridgeshire County Council to reduce health inequalities

We are pleased to announce a new CAPE fellowship with Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge in conjunction with Cambridgeshire County Council, taken up by Jennie Leggat.

Jennie is based at the Centre for Science and Policy within the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and her CAPE Fellowship will support the development of a ‘Health in all Policies’ approach at Cambridgeshire County Council through academic policy engagement.

The primary aim of the fellowship is to research, design and pilot Health Impact Assessments (HIAs). HIA is a practical approach used to judge the potential health effects of a policy, programme or project on a population, particularly on vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. As such, the overall long-term goal is to implement HIAs across the Council such that health inequalities are lessened in the local population.

Through this fellowship, Cambridgeshire County Council wants to improve outcomes and combat health inequalities based on population health management across the county. Patrick Kilkelly of Cambridgeshire County Council comments – 

We are delighted to welcome Jennie as our CAPE Fellow. Jennie’s strong mix of public health policy experience and scientific health research makes her a highly valuable asset to the Public Health Directorate’s work on Health Impact Assessments. We’re also very grateful to everyone at CAPE for working so hard to realise this opportunity with Jennie for Cambridgeshire County Council.

Patrick Kilkelly, Policy Advisor – Policy, Design and Delivery, Cambridge County Council

 Speaking of the fellowship, Jennie commented – 

Jennie Leggat, CAPE Policy Fellow

This Fellowship is an amazing opportunity for me to expand my knowledge in public health policy within local government with the support of both a strong academic institution and an extensive network of CAPE researchers. I am grateful to CAPE, the Centre for Science and Policy and Cambridgeshire County Council for collaborating to make this Fellowship possible, and I’m excited to get to work!

Keep an eye out for our learning from this project as it progresses.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this fellowship contact [email protected]