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Dr James Smith

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James Smith is a public health doctor based in Cambridge. He works independently to protect and improve health by supporting action to address climate change and promote sustainable development.

From 2013-2014 James worked for Public Health England, the then new national body for public health in England, to establish its Sustainability Programme which brought together its work related to climate change, extreme weather events and sustainable development into a single comprehensive programme.

Before working with Public Health England James undertook five years of professional public health training which included periods working for the NHS Sustainable Development Unit, the Centre for Diet and Physical Activity Research and local public health teams in the counties of Suffolk and Bedfordshire. He won places on and completed the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's Scholars programme and the East of England NHS Leadership Fellows programme.

Prior to specializing in public health James trained and worked as a general practice doctor. He holds a Masters in Public Health and Bachelors degree in Medicine from Cambridge University. He is a fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health and is a member of the UK Royal College of General Practitioners.

For more information: or Twitter @drjnsmith.

Research pillars
  • Sustainability

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CPH Annual Showcase Presentations Live
CPH Annual Showcase Presentations Live - 03 Jun 2021

The presentations from Cambridge Public Health's first ever Annual Showcase are now live on Cambridge University Press's Open Engage site.

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Moving beyond the health inequalities rhetoric
Moving beyond the health inequalities rhetoric

Health data generated during the Covid-19 pandemic continue to confirm that socioeconomic status directly affects a patient’s odds of survival. Certain ethnicities, as well as people from poorer areas of the UK and the elderly and frail, tend to fare worse — both in terms of infection rates and deaths. An obviously important question, however, is why? — What makes people from these backgrounds at greater risk of illness and death, and is this unique to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic?