Ruth Stern has practical and academic experience in health promotion, health equity, social determinants, partnership working and community participation in the UK and South Africa. Her current employment is with a School of Public Health in Cape Town, South Africa, where she is responsible for the distance learning health promotion courses. In England, she is actively involved in the People’s Health Movement, and developing the relationship between PHM and Medact. This has included, with others, coordinating three International People’s Health University courses, the launches of Global Health Watch 2, and 3, and planning events for the UK People’s Health Assembly.

Ruth was a Medact Trustee from 2008 to 2017.