Innovations: The effective use of evidence to reduce health inequalities

Innovations: The effective use of evidence to reduce health inequalities

Funded by Department of Health, 2009–2012

For more information, or to become involved in this project, please contact Jabeer Butt.

What are the aims of the project?

Evidence from our Better Health briefing papers shows that people from black and minority ethnic groups may have poorer health care experiences, highlighting issues including:

  • limited choice in health
  • fewer resources and poorer quality services
  • greater dissatisfaction with access to and appropriateness of services
  • poor communication with health professionals.

See the Better Health briefing collection (external website)

Additional evidence suggests that despite awareness of these problems, practitioners struggle with implementing change to reduce health inequalities.

This 3-year programme aims to reduce health inequalities by engaging frontline public health personnel in evidence-based learning. This will have positive outcomes for service users, staff and commissioners.

Service users will have:

  • Increased confidence in health services
  • Increased belief in the cultural competence of health service providers
  • Increased knowledge of ways to access services, reduce risk and improve their quality of life.

Frontline staff will have

  • Increased knowledge of ethnic: inequalities in health
  • Increased confidence in working with people different from themselves
  • Increased engagement with black and minority ethnic communities.

Commissioners will have:

  • A measurable way to show commitment to reducing health inequalities
  • Practical steps to embed equalities into commissioning
  • Opportunities to define and develop leadership in terms of reducing health inequalities
  • A forum to discuss partnership development and provider relationships with organisations that serve the needs of black and minority ethnic communities.

How will these aims be fulfilled?

We are designing, developing and testing a number of learning packages which support practitioners to understand and use effective everyday practice to reduce race inequalities in outreach and prevention. The packages will provide evidence, enabling practitioners to maximise use of the Better Health briefing papers and other research relating to ethnic health inequalities.

The learning packages will be delivered to health professionals across the UK, practising at all levels. Key priority regions include the East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, the North West and the South of England.

The packages focus on a range of topics including evidence, engagement and ethnic monitoring.

What have we produced?

See the project pages for details of the Innovations learning packages.