Reducing health inequalities
‘People living in the poorest neighbourhoods in England will on average die seven years earlier than people living in the richest neighbourhoods.’
Fair Society, Healthy Lives.
The Fair Society, Healthy Lives review of health inequalities in England by the Marmot Review Team proposes an evidence based strategy to address the social determinants of health: the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.
Tackling health inequality through action on the social determinants of health demands joined up and creative thinking. Uscreates provided us with a great platform that supported cross-discipline knowledge exchange through exercises encouraging lateral thinking, and fresh approaches to entrenched problems, thus helping to shape our future work priorities and methods. We received great feedback from the delegates, who expressed how useful the day would be to their future work.
Martin Seymour, Local Government Improvement and Development.
The Local Government Improvement and Development (formerly the Improvement and Development Agency) commissioned Uscreates to deliver two round table events. These explored current activity, work, and knowledge regarding the social determinants of health, and identified areas for support and capacity building.
The workshops attracted over 100 delegates from Local Government Improvement and Development, the Local Government Association Government Association, and partners such as local authorities, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, Natural England, numerous NHS trusts, and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
Uscreates hosted a range of creative briefs to facilitate creative thinking through group activities to:
- mind map the overlaps on work tackling social determinants of health
- map geographical and political opportunities
- scope workstreams and priorities in relation to health inequalities
- storyboard the delivery of local partnership projects
- speed model innovations to address the social determinants of health