Narrowing the inequality gap in our communities #NarrowingTheGapMSE

Narrowing the inequality gap in our communities #NarrowingTheGapMSE

Mid and south Essex is a diverse place and that is reflected in our communities.

However, we know the age the average person is expected to live differs by over 10 years depending on factors such as where they live, the opportunities they have and consequently how much they earn. This gap doesn’t just affect their life expectancy, but also the health conditions they may experience and the care available to them. This is because they can face barriers to accessing services. Most typically this is seen in areas of high deprivation, ethnic communities and groups like the homeless, or those with mental health or learning disabilities.

Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System is working with the local, regional, and national NHS, local authorities, as well as community and voluntary organisations. This ensures a collective focus on having a joined-up, sustainable and collaborative approach to narrowing the gap and reducing health and care barriers faced by residents.

A new inequalities campaign called #NarrowingTheGapMSE, shows how the integrated care system is working to deliver preventative and proactive health and care.  The campaign also features information about how partners are reaching out to those most vulnerable and possibly excluded and disadvantaged communities to improve their health and care experiences.

It features blogs and articles from experts, highlighting community programmes and projects that help overcome health and care inequalities, as well as a podcast with Dr Bola Owolabi, Director – National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme, NHS England.

You can follow the campaign and find out what is happening across mid and south Essex by following the hashtag #NarrowingTheGapMSE and visit Narrowing The Gap MSE campaign.

If you or you know someone who is part of a voluntary or community group, then why not apply for funding from the Microgrants Programme and the Essex Community Foundation (ECF).

Jamie Langstone