Health for All?
Health Inequalities have been a long term problem that successive government initiatives have failed to stem. Hackney is one of the poorest boroughs in obtaining good health for it's residents. 16% of it's children are classified as obese.
The highest in any borough in the UK. Health Inequalities are further compounded in Hackney because of language and cultural barriers.
Community groups and individuals often complaining health officals are not listening to their needs. It's imperative that health authorities start listening to the people most affected by Health Inequalities, who can identify solutions that lead to better health for themselves, their families and their communities. To articulate their needs directly. The video will inform health policy makers and health staff in better understanding the views and needs of the people they are trying to support to reduce Health Inequalities.
Better understanding of the root causes of Health Inequalities and possible solutions identified by those affected can only help to reduce Health Inequalities. Some causes may needs resources to address, while other may just needs operational changes to have a significant impact in reducing Health Inequalities.
The Health for All? project covered DVD production and workshop to examine health inequalities in Hackney.
Workshop organised in partnership with Social Action for Health to launch CAP’s Health for ALL? DVD and SAFH’s health manifesto. The interactive workshop covered DVD screening, manifesto presentation, testimonies from users, focus groups, and a Q & A session. The workshop also utilised action cards to identify some issues of concern to workshop participants. Some suggestions from participants for reducing health inequalities were:
- More trained interpreters plus sharing of services with other organisations.
- To invest in the voluntary section groups that are working in health and social care for BME.
- Use existing place where communities gather- schools, libraries.
- Better access to surgeries.
- Better availability of translations.
- Listening closely with the local communities- needs and taking actions according to those issues.
- Improve the time it takes for a GP to refer a patient to mental health services. At present it takes up to a 12 week wait.
- Networking with other organisations for referral.
- Should allocate more funds to meet the health of BAMER communities.
- Provide good free ESOL classes.
- Not just handing out money but thinking of strategies where cultures are confident to be involved, listened to and are involved in building their own network with support- networking.
- Free access to secondary health care for repressed asylum seekers and refugees.
- Invest more resources to local society services allowing the voluntary sector organisations to work with local communities.
- To commission mental health services (NHS) to provide specialist mental health counselling to those experiencing domestic violence at present only voluntary sector offer short term counselling.
- Approach service user in a realistic way.