Residents urged to have their say on priorities to tackle health inequality - The Leamington Observer

Residents urged to have their say on priorities to tackle health inequality

Laura Kearns 31st Dec, 2020   0

RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say on the county’s priorities to tackle health inequality and improve the health and wellbeing of locals.

Healthcare partners across Warwickshire work together to improve access to services and outcomes and are asking for views on the approach they take to do this. It is outlined in the county’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

The strategy for 2020-2025 is currently open to public consultation for people to have a say about what matters to them.

It has been created by Warwickshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board which is made up of leaders from the county, borough and district councils across Warwickshire as well as Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA), Healthwatch Warwickshire, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), NHS trusts, Warwickshire Fire Service and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

They aim to improve health and reduce inequalities due to lifestyle and make it easier for residents to get support.

The board plans to do this by promoting healthy lifestyles, working together to ensure children have the same opportunities to thrive and the best start in life, prevention of existing health problems worsening and helping people to age well.

These will be monitored through statistics including healthy weight, mental health service performance, number of people living in poverty, a healthy life expectancy, physically active residents, number of suicides, dementia diagnosis and flu immunisations.

Chair of Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Board Les Caborn said: “Taking part in consultation around the new Health and Wellbeing Strategy is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of everyone in Warwickshire. It’s important that we hear from everyone and understand different experiences to know that our priorities are right. If you know someone who may be negatively affected, help them to get in touch.

“We want everyone across the county to lead healthy and independent lives, we want to listen to our communities and by taking action people can have healthier futures and we can reduce inequalities in care.

“I would like to urge the community take part in the survey so that our five-year plan is as effective as possible in improving the lives of residents in Warwickshire.”

Visit until 5 January 2021 to take part in the consultation.


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