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

 

Supporting Resources

 

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 

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

Please visit out ethnicity data page for the recording and resources

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

Please visit the Co-production Webinar webpage to find the recording of the event