Healthcare systems and those working within them have an important and often under-utilised role in reducing health inequalities through action on the social determinants of health. The health workforce are, after all, well placed to initiate and develop services that take into account and attempt to improve the wider social context for patients and staff.
We have worked closely with the NHS in the UK, and globally with national Medical Associations and the World Medical Association, to embed a social determinants approach into the training and development of medical practitioners across the world.
On this page you'll find resources relating to the role of professionals, in 'working for health equity'.
The report discusses the best ways to reduce inequities through:
- workforce education and training;
- practical actions to be taken during interactions with patients;
- ways of working in partnership;
- and the role of advocacy.