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Kevin Fenton

Professor Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD, FFPH, is the Public Health England National Director for Health and Wellbeing. In this role he oversees PHE's national prevention programmes including screening for cancer and other conditions, Health Checks, national health marketing campaigns, public mental health, and a range of wellbeing programmes for infants, youth, adults and older adults. The Health and Wellbeing Directorate also leads PHE's Health Equity portfolio with a range of programmes and activities focused on addressing the social determinants of health, and promoting settings-based approaches to health improvement.

Professor Fenton was previously the director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a position he held for seven years from November 2005. He also served as chief of CDC’s National Syphilis Elimination Effort and has worked in research, epidemiology, and the prevention of HIV and other STDs since 1995. Previously he was the director of the HIV and STI Department at the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency.

He attended medical school in Jamaica, obtained his master's in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University College London. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles and policy reports. He is a speaker in great demand and speaks Spanish and French.

Smoking in young people with mental health conditions – what do we know and what can we do?

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In June 2015, we launched our guidance on smoking in secure mental health settings. The guidance summarised the strong evidence base relating to the harms of smoking for adults with mental health conditions and what could be practically implemented to …

Expert interview: Carrying out our alcohol evidence review

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What’s the public health impact of alcohol and what is the effectiveness of policies for reducing alcohol-related harm? PHE’s new evidence review seeks to answer those questions and you’ll find the full document on GOV.UK and an abridged version published …

Climate change and public health: a challenge and an opportunity

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“Climate change is the biggest challenge that our civilisation has ever had to face up to.” This was the opening statement from Sir David King when he delivered our inaugural Distinguished Lecture on climate change and planetary health at the …

Health Matters: Tobacco standard packs – seizing the moment to support smokers to quit

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Welcome to the latest edition of Health Matters, a resource for public health professionals, which focuses on how tobacco standard packs can not only help to prevent the next generation of smokers but also encourage existing smokers to quit. Think …