Wednesday 3rd March, 3.00pm- 5.00pm Patrick Vernon, Director of Afiya Trust: “Generation to Generation: family history, cultural identity and mental well being” Room B202, the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG. (Nearest tube: Russell Square/ Goodge Street)
Building on his years of experience working for the NHS, the Department of Health on health inequalities as well as working for health charities including Mind and Afiya Trust, of which he is now the Chief Executive; coupled with his past explorations of family history and genealogy among African and Caribbean communities (as founder of the 100 Great Black Britons Campaign); Patrick looks at how heritage affects personal identity among Britain's many diverse communities. Is the UK's health and social care system equipped to deal with the issues surrounding cultural identity? How should heritage shape the delivery of services? On the cusp of a new decade, he asks, is it time for Britain to take radical new approach to health and well being, improving the delivery of services for everyone?
Patrick has previously worked as a senior civil servant at the Department of Health and Local Government Association; as Director of the Brent Health Action Zone (Brent Primary Care Trust), and as a Regional Director for MIND. Patrick is a Non Executive Director of Camidoc and a trustee for Social Action for Health in East London. He is the Founding Director of award winning Every Generation Media and Foundation. In 2003 Patrick was selected by the Queen as Pioneer of the Nation for Cultural History. He is a Clore Fellow and in 2008 launched his first major documentary, ‘A Charmed Life’ exploring the Caribbean contribution to World War 2 and the legacy of the Windrush Generation. In 2006, Patrick became a Councillor in the London Borough of Hackney. Patrick is currently Chief Executive of The Afiya Trust.
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