What are health inequalities?
“Health inequalities are avoidable, unfair and systematic differences in health between different groups of people” (The King’s Fund)
What reasons could there be?
Reasons for health inequalities can be complex and related to background, environment (e.g. living conditions), occupation, income, unemployment and a range of other factors. Some ethnic groups face much higher rates of poverty than others.
Why are we focusing on health inequalities?
COVID-19 and the impact it has made across the community continue to affect all of us. The virus has particularly affected deprived areas with a high proportion of BAME residents.
The Brent Health and Wellbeing Board recognised that we need to have a joined up approach in tackling this the best we can. Therefore, Brent Council along with Brent CCG, CNWL (mental health service providers), Northwick Park Hospital and local GPs are working together to develop a joined up approach to reduce the impacts of Covid-19 and tackle health inequalities.
We are initially focussing on communities in Alperton and Church End as data shows that these were the most affected areas in Brent during the first wave (see the June Health and Wellbeing report for further information). However we expect this work will grow to include all areas of Brent.
A crucial step in tackling this is to ensure we get our community engagement right. This means establishing active communication channels between local residents, statutory partners, community groups, religious organisations, youth groups and any other groups that reflect the proud diversity of Brent.
The Brent Health Matters Programme included a Community Fund that is now closed to submissions.
An Advice Line was launched following discussions held with residents in the community about what we could do to help address health inequalities and improve outcomes for local people.
The aim of the advice line is to open up support to anyone who might need help and advice or to be signposted to the most appropriate service in the borough.
It is aimed particularly at those residents who are not registered with a GP and/or don’t regularly access services.
The advice line is a dedicated service providing support relating to:
- Non-clinical health and social care queries
- Signposting to the right providers of services
- Advice to empower people to better manage health conditions
Call the advice line on 020 3114 7185, it is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm.
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