13 episodes

Presented by Doctor, writer and TV Presenter Xand Van Tulleken and community health psychologist, UCL lecturer and self-proclaimed hippie, Dr Rochelle Burgess.
This podcast is about public health, but more importantly, it’s about the systems that need disrupting to make public health better. In each episode, we’ll be challenging the status quo of this field, asking what needs to change, why and how to get there. Each month we’ll be joined by activists, scholars, artists, comedians and industry professionals to offer perspectives from the UCL community and beyond. 
We’re calling this podcast Public Health Disrupted because that’s exactly what we want to do. We are going to be breaking down disciplinary, sectoral and geographic boundaries to really understand the diverse and complex issues impacting our health. Issues as complex as structural racism and as broad as the role of tech in public health. 
New episodes will be made available monthly via the UCL Soundcloud, Acast, Spotify, Apple Podcast and Google Podcast
If there’s a question you’d like us and our guests to answer, email us at healthofpublic@ucl.ac.uk or tweet @UCLHealthPublic. 

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Presented by Doctor, writer and TV Presenter Xand Van Tulleken and community health psychologist, UCL lecturer and self-proclaimed hippie, Dr Rochelle Burgess.
This podcast is about public health, but more importantly, it’s about the systems that need disrupting to make public health better. In each episode, we’ll be challenging the status quo of this field, asking what needs to change, why and how to get there. Each month we’ll be joined by activists, scholars, artists, comedians and industry professionals to offer perspectives from the UCL community and beyond. 
We’re calling this podcast Public Health Disrupted because that’s exactly what we want to do. We are going to be breaking down disciplinary, sectoral and geographic boundaries to really understand the diverse and complex issues impacting our health. Issues as complex as structural racism and as broad as the role of tech in public health. 
New episodes will be made available monthly via the UCL Soundcloud, Acast, Spotify, Apple Podcast and Google Podcast
If there’s a question you’d like us and our guests to answer, email us at healthofpublic@ucl.ac.uk or tweet @UCLHealthPublic. 

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    Episode 6: Fat Chance: how the body positivity movement can be used to influence societal change

    Episode 6: Fat Chance: how the body positivity movement can be used to influence societal change

    “The ways in which we talk about our bodies, the metaphors we use to understand our bodies in the world around us radically shape our health and the way we approach health.”
     
    What is meant by the obesity crisis and where does the power lie to address the social determinants and intricacies that impact it? With a growing epidemic of chronic illness, is there a need to reframe public health’s approach to tackling obesity? 
    In this episode, multi-award-winning content creator and body image/self-love advocate, Stephanie Yeboah, and international researcher and anthropologist, Dr Aaron Parkhurst, seek to answer these questions and discuss how the body positivity movement can be used to influence societal change.
     
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    • 41 min
    Episode 5: The power of conversation: redefining the binary around social media and young people's mental health

    Episode 5: The power of conversation: redefining the binary around social media and young people's mental health

    “There’s much more room for nuance in the conversation than it feels like we have now.”
    Social media is a huge part of our lives, but growing fears are fuelling debate that it is bad for children and young people. What should the conversation around social media be and what questions should we be asking?
    Exploring the binary complexities of social media, Dr Chris Bagley and Ella Gregory bring a fresh perspective to the general media narrative around social media and its effect on young people’s mental health. Are we asking the right questions without being hindered by our own bias? Why are we struggling to make online safe? What are the real dangers? They discuss the lack of quantifiable research, exploitation, and how open and balanced conversations is key to navigating the confusing land of social media.
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    • 35 min
    Episode 4: Dignity, decency and dying

    Episode 4: Dignity, decency and dying

    “Death is something that affects us all and by not talking about it we make it harder.”
     
    Death is not infinitely deferrable, yet the successes of traditional modern Western medicine in increasing life expectancy have hugely impacted the human psyche of immortality. Where can people go to understand death, where is the narrative? Can we prioritise public health in a way that is reflective of social values? And how do we overcome the barriers of power to remove inequalities and prioritise human suffering?
     
    In this episode, Dr Libby Sallnow and Dr Afsan Bhadelia help unpack the philosophical and intricate topic of death and dying. Their recent report on the value of death, which delves into the unbalanced and contradictory picture of dying, helps frame this meaningful discussion around death and its complex systems.
     
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    • 40 min
    Episode 3: The Elephant in the Planning Room

    Episode 3: The Elephant in the Planning Room

    “It is imperative that we learn to create homes that truly support and sustain us.”
     
    Interior and external environments affect our health and wellbeing in ways that we are only now beginning to truly understand: from the impact of the urban spaces that are fundamentally unhealthy due to air pollution and noise, to acknowledging the changes that colour, daylight, mess and a good night’s sleep can have on our mood and happiness. But what is the solution; and what changes should be made to improve the overall health of the public?
     
    Award winning expert in all things interior design, Michelle Ogundehin, and experienced architect, planner and professor of urban design, Matthew Carmona, seek to explore the avenues towards a healthier environment, bringing a higher quality of life. Whether it’s the promotion of wellbeing in new developments, shifting mindsets towards adaptable spaces over bigger spaces, or thinking about improving and not moving, Michelle and Matthew delve into their considerable research to share their thoughts on this episode.
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    • 33 min
    Episode 2: Singing the praises of communities

    Episode 2: Singing the praises of communities

    SummaryGrammy-award winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre joins chair of the UK’s largest COVID-19 social study and UCL professor Dr Daisy Fancourt to talk about the power of community. They explore how people bound by common experiences can improve their health through non-clinical methods, looking at how singing and music can form a part of that process, and the wider implications that has on the health of the public.
    Episode Description“Every single person feels part of something larger than themselves.”
    Communities are vital for a functioning society, but in an ever-changing world, has the concept of what ‘community’ means evolved into something new? Can virtual choirs really help with regulating emotions and coping with stress in the same way that singing live in a room full of people could? And is social prescribing of arts through linked support services the answer?
    Grammy-award winning composer Eric Whitacre, and associate professor of psychobiology and epidemiology at UCL Dr Daisy Fancourt, seek to answer these questions and more, from studying the social factors on health such as loneliness and isolation, to how singing can help regulate emotions and cope with stress, and the physiological benefits that belonging to a community can bring.
    Dr Fancourt’s research focuses on the effects of social factors on health, including loneliness, social isolation, community assets, art, cultural engagement, and social prescribing. She leads the team running the UK’s largest COVID-19 social study into the psychological and social impact of the virus. She also established and chairs the International Arts Help Early Career Research network, the UK March network, and is a consultant to the World Health Organization. You can find her on Twitter @Daisy_Fancourt.
    Nevada-born Eric Whitacre is a multiple award-winning composer, conductor and graduate of New York’s prestigious Juilliard School of Music, whose work is recognised worldwide. Eric also established groundbreaking virtual choirs that have united singers from more than 145 countries. He has been the artist in residence at Los Angeles Master Chorale and University of Cambridge. You can find Eric on Twitter @EricWhitacre and at: https://ericwhitacre.com
    Public Health Disrupted with Rochelle Burgess and Xand Van Tulleken is produced by Buckers at Decibelle Creative, find her on Instagram: @decibelle_creative and here: https://www.decibellecreative.com

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    • 34 min
    Ep.1 Mission-oriented Public Health

    Ep.1 Mission-oriented Public Health

    SummaryAuthor, chair of WHO Council on economics, and UCL professor Mariana Mazzucato joins renegade economist, creator of the “Doughnut” model of social and planetary boundaries, and Oxford Senior Associate Kate Raworth to share their considerable expertise on the relationship between public health and the economy; and why taking a mission-oriented approach will improve the overall health of the public.
    Episode Description“The fundamental relationship that must come in is humanity to the rest of nature.”
    Would it be such a radical change to flip on its head the idea of improving the overall health of the public to prop up the economy? Redefining the idea of prosperity in the 21st Century and the balance between human wellbeing and economics are among the topics discussed by our guests: two leading thinkers in the field of innovative economics and its relationship with public health.
    Together, Professor Mariana Mazzucato and renegade economist Kate Raworth tackle the topic of taking a mission-oriented approach to improving the health of the public. From redefining what prosperity looks like in a modern world, to how active a role the government should have in defining health innovation policy, and everything in between. 
    The Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, Prof Mariana Mazzucato leads the way in the economics of innovation and public value. Her breadth of work in the field has seen her author three highly acclaimed books on the subject, she was named one of the three most important thinkers about innovation and one of the 50 most creative people in business. You can find her on Twitter @MazzucatoM and at: https://marianamazzucato.com
    Kate Raworth has taught at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, she is a professor of practice at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and authored the internationally best-selling book Doughnut Economies: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist, which has been translated into more than 20 languages. You can find her on Twitter @KateRaworth and find out more about Doughnut Economics at: https://doughnuteconomics.org
    Public Health Disrupted with Rochelle Burgess and Xand Van Tulleken is produced by Annabelle Buckland at Decibelle Creative, find her on Instagram: @decibelle_creative and here: https://www.decibellecreative.com/

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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

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At last

What a great series after working as a nurse in primary care for the last twenty years in an area of deprivation it is lovely to hear someone tackle all these issues rather than come up with some tick box rubbish to just highlight differences.

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I’m really enjoying this podcast and the topics discussed. I think there is nothing more important right now than analysing the issues we have in society, the intersection of the various and many problems that people face, and this podcast looks to raise these and talk about solutions. Thank you!

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