Workshop: Meso matters. The role of contextual determinants for health and health inequalities

15th September 2021 as pre-conference

The health of young people is strongly linked to their socioeconomic background. While the importance of individual factors for explaining health inequalities is well known, the evidence of the association between contextual determinants and health is scarce. This workshop focuses on the role of contextual influences from a meso-level perspective. In addition to keynote lectures by well-known experts in the field of health inequalities and institutional contexts, early career researchers from the research unit FOR2723 will present their work related to the workshop topic. The Research Unit 2723 „Understanding the institutional context of health inequalities among young people. A life stage approach“ is investigating how institutional contexts from birth to young adulthood are associated with the emergence of health inequalities. FOR2723 is funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation), for more information see

Timeline (CET)Speaker and title
10.15-10.30Prof. Dr. Matthias Richter (MLU) & Prof. Dr. Nico Dragano (HHU) (Speakers of FOR2723) Welcome and aim of the Research Unit 2723
10.30-11.15Prof. Dr. Clare Bambra (Newcastle University, UK) Covid-19 and Health Inequalities: What do we know so far?
11.15-11.30  Miriam Blume M.Sc. (RKI), Stephanie Hoffmann M.Sc. (BTU) Do family characteristics have a moderating or mediating effect on health inequalities in childhood and adolescence?
11.30-11.45Dr. Raphael Herr (UMM) The association between contextual characteristics of kindergartens and children’s health
Lunch Break
13.15-14.00Prof. Dr. Jason Beckfield (Harvard University, Cambridge USA) The role of institutional contexts regarding health and health inequalities  
14.00-14.15Dipl. Soz. Max Herke (MLU) The Impact of Contextual and Compositional Characteristics of Schools for Student Health Inequalities  
14.15-14.30Marvin Reuter M.A. (HHU) Health Inequalities during Transition from School to Work – A Longitudinal Analysis Based on the German National Educational Panel Study  
14.30-14.45Dr. Wiebke Schüttig (TUM) Health care institutions and inequalities in health care utilisation in young people