Dr Bobbie Jacobson
Public Health Expert
Dr Bobbie Jacobson has devoted 25 years of her professional life to tackling inequity in London-initially as Director of Public Health in the East End of London , and more recently as Director of the former London Health Observatory (LHO). The LHO was renowned for producing timely and scientifically credible health intelligence and evidence for London and national decision-makers. She is currently a Senior Associate in the Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Hon Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Health Equity, UCL.
She led the development of LHO’s national and international lead roles on monitoring health inequalities, ethnicity and tobacco, and works with WHO to support the development of the health observatory model across the globe. Bobbie’s watchwords are :
“Evidence, transparency and advocacy.”
Before qualifying in medicine in 1979, she was a health journalist, and went on to work for Action on Smoking and Health, the UK’s main tobacco control advocacy programme, spearheading a highly successful international movement on women and tobacco and working extensively with the national media. She has published widely in professional and popular media- including several books on population health issues rangeing from causes to outcomes. She was awarded an OBE in 2006.