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A Fair, Supportive Society: a social determinants of health approach to improving the lives and health of people with learning disabilities
This report highlights that some of the most vulnerable people in society – those with learning disabilities – will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population – that’s 1,200 people every year. It reports on key facts, stats, and interventions.
IHE’s response to Government announcement on prevention and life expectancy
Responding to Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s announcement today, 5 November 2018, for a green paper entitled “Prevention is better than cure’ outlining the new vision for the ‘new 21st century focus on prevention’, Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity said:
‘Matt Hancock’s focus on prevention and the life expectancy crisis is very welcome. The public health community has been drawing attention to the fact that life expectancy has stopped improving in England and is falling in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and health inequalities are widening.
However, all the work that has been done on life expectancy suggests this will not be solved within the healthcare system alone, or simply putting emphasis on health behaviours. There’s a great deal the NHS can do on prevention and addressing the root causes of ill health (social determinants of health) as our recent report ‘Reducing health inequalities through new models of care’ highlights.
If we are to increase life expectancy action needs to be taken on the SDH such as comprehensive early years education; adequate warm housing for everyone; access to quality primary and secondary education for all children; fair and decent work; and dignity as we age.”
To address the need to reduce inequalities in health, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) created the Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas in 2016.
PAHO appointed 12 commissioners. The commission is chaired by the UCL Institute of Health Equity (IHE) Director, Professor Sir Michael Marmot. IHE and the Cross Cutting Themes (CCTs) group at PAHO act as the Secretariat for the Commission.
This report provides analysis of opportunities for new models of care and place-based health systems to improve health and reduce health inequalities. A video interview, and a blog post by Michael Marmot accompany the report.
Watch the video interview with Michael Marmot, by Jacquie White – Director-National System Transformation Group, NHSE & Non-Exec or-PiF
Led by Public Health England, and co-produced with University of Sheffield and the UCL Institute of Health Equity, this report aims to inform local and national action by PHE and other bodies.
The resource aims to:
- promote an integrated approach to reducing health inequalities by drawing out relationships between different forms of inequality and by highlighting the root causes
- clarify basic concepts and terms
- provide material on ethnicity and health for use in local joint strategic needs assessments and local health and wellbeing strategies
- inform local discussion and action on ethnic health inequalities
- identify key gaps in data by ethnic group and areas in need of better evidence for action.
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