Our Commitment to Change
This Report's Recommendations
An action plan will be developed with partner organisations and the community where defined actions will be made under each recommendation
Put Health Inequalities At The Heart of What We Do
Suffolk needs to put health inequalities at the heart of what we do and strengthen our approach to health outcomes for everyone in our community – finding ways to reduce the gaps, in a fair and balanced way
Active Community Participation
The best way to reduce inequalities is by involving communities, and to always build in active community participation
Improve Local Data
The way we collect, use and link relevant data about health inequalities needs to be improved in Suffolk to inform evidence based approaches that will have an impact.
Measure and Review Progress
Managing health inequalities is continual, so we need to regularly measure and review progress and recognise the changes we are making need to be maintained for the long term
We have made a commitment to change to reduce health inequalities in Suffolk. This section provides a series of supporting resources designed to create a culture in Suffolk where we work better with you.
One of the biggest elements that is key to reducing health inequalities is co-production. Co-production can have a many different meanings depending on the project or approach to an area of work. Take a look at this video taken from the Thinking Different Together Event with the Integrated Care system in Suffolk looking at Co-production and the importance of committing to this change. To find out more about co-production, you can take a look at HealthWatch's co-production resources.
You may be thinking where do I start or how do I design a piece of work that includes co-production from the very start to the very end.
- Together with partners, Public Health have developed a Toolkit which can be used to support local action to address and reduce health inequalities.
- Public Health in collaboration with the community and partner organisations will be a holding a webinar series in 2021, there will be 6 webinars throughout the year looking at some of the steps organisations can do to make a small difference (which all add up to make a bigger difference!).
In the meantime, why not take a look at the good project examples that have been submitted by the community on our Types of Health Inequalities page. The support doesn't stop here, we also want to continue to hear your views and comments about this year's digital report and for you to share your own good project examples to help others and share your learning. Throughout 2021 we intend to update these pages with more examples and comments, this is only the starting point to help reduce health inequalities. Use the forms below to submit your project examples and your views.
View the Health Inequalities Toolkit for Organisations (PDF Document) To read more about the toolkit, take a look at our resources drop down list on the left hand side of this page
Together with partners, Public Health Suffolk have developed a toolkit which can be used to support local action to address and reduce health inequalities.
The toolkit will be most beneficial where people come together from across health and social care organisations and the community to share their skills, experiences and knowledge. For example this can include but isn’t limited to:
- Decision makers within health and social care organisations
- People working directly with the community and delivering health & care services
- District and Borough councils
- Members of local communities
- Voluntary and community organisations
The toolkit aims to encourage and support a local approach to addressing inequalities through co-production (i.e. working together in equal partnership to shape local services and support). It brings together information and resources to help and decide what actions to take. The toolkit contains a checklist with four different sections to work through, with the option to use either some or all of these. Most importantly, the toolkit is a resource to help you to take an effective approach to addressing health inequalities in your local area.
The toolkit has been shaped using the best available evidence of what works to reduce health inequalities. It has been reviewed and developed with a range of people living and working in Suffolk. However, we want this to be a growing and developing resource, so please do feedback with any comments, questions or examples which can be added to the toolkit by contacting Public Health Suffolk
- Health Inequalities Toolkit for Organisations (PDF Document)
Take a look at Healthwatch in Suffolk Co-production page which features both local and national resources
The first webinar in the Time to Change series will focus on ethnicity data, and will explore:
- Inclusive language on ethnicity
- How we capture ethnicity data in Suffolk
- Why it is important
This session has been planned by & presented by 5 Co-production Ambassadors who have been working together, learning about co-production and bring their lived experiences of it in practice.
This session covers:
- An overview of what co-production is and importance for health inequalities
- An in-depth look into Suffolk’s 6 principles – the recipe for co-production
- Examples of how co-production can and should work in practice
- The co-production support and guidance available from Healthwatch Suffolk
- Time for reflection and questions
- Suffolk Observatory
- Healthy Suffolk's CoronaWatch
- State of Suffolk Report 2019
- State of Suffolk Report 2019: Suffolk Communities - Groups at Risk of Disadvantage
- Suffolk's Place Based Needs Assessments
- Equality and Health Inequalities NHS RightCare Packs (CCG areas)
Local Information and support:
- Take a look at Healthy Suffolk's topic areas and Suffolk InfoLink for local organisational support
- Healthy Suffolk's COVID Hub
- HealthWatch Suffolk
- Integrated Care System - Suffolk and North East Essex
- Suffolk Community Foundation Trust
- Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality
- Community Action Suffolk
- Have a look at our Toolkit for some more links
National or Regional Data:
- Health Inequalities Dashboard
- Public Health England's Fingertips Inequality Tools
- Office for National Statistics
- The British Red Cross Vulnerability Index
- Wider Impacts of COVID19 on Health: monitoring tool
- Take a look at Healthy Suffolk's CoronaWatch page for some more national data links
National Information and Guidance:
- Emerging evidence on health inequalities and COVID-19
- What does the pandemic mean for the nation’s health and health inequalities?
- Marmot Review: 10 Years On
- Health equity in England
- Chapter 5: inequalities in health (Health profile for England 2018)
- NHS Equality and Health Inequalities Hub
- Place-based approaches for reducing health inequalities
- Local action on health inequalities: evidence papers
- Can we build healthier, more resilient and connected communities?
- COVID-19 and mitigating impact on health inequalities
- Direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on health and wellbeing
- Public Health Outcomes Framework: Health Equity Report Focus on ethnicity
- COVID-19: understanding the impact on BAME communities
- The State of Child Poverty 2020: The Impact of COVID-19 on Families and Young People Living in Poverty
Use the hashtag #YourHealthySuffolk to get in touch on social media. To find out more visit our Healthy Suffolk Twitter account.