Reducing Health Inequalities: the challenge of public health

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Sarah Wilson

Despite medical advances across the NHS, inequalities in health in the UK are rising at a worrying pace. People from poorer socioeconomic groups experience worse health, die earlier and are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviours than their richer peers.

John Craig’s think piece is part of a publication by the British Council for Equality Exchange entitled Perspectives from the UK on Equality, Equity and Public Services. John argues in his think piece that a solution to tackling inequalities in public health lies with creating co-produced services which utilise the assets within people.

Drawing heavily from the findings of our People Powered Health work, as well as horizon scans from around the world; the think piece explores the capacity within people and communities to help themselves and each other.

John Craig is a Managing Partner at Innovation Unit, and our head of thought leadership. He is also our foremost expert on health innovation and leads our portfolio of health projects.

Over the next week, we’ll be sharing key public health stats and hosting on our blog examples of services and solutions from across the world which demonstrate the power of co-produced services to close inequalities in health.

This blog is part of our public health series, and follows on from our recently published article about tackling inequalities in public health.

The article is based on a think piece commissioned by the British Council for Equality Exchange, a new forum for exchanging ideas, skills and know-how for adaptive public services that contribute to fairer, more inclusive and more equal societies in the Nordics and the United Kingdom. You can read Innovation Unit’s piece here.





Although some younger cuolpes are clearly creating more equal relationships than in the past especially around male involvement in child care in my practice younger cuolpes often seem to be more stuck in old gender patterns that create inequaly than older cuolpes. It's a special challenge for them because they make think they are simply making personal choices and are free from equality issues. The good news, is that these relationship issues are often relatively easy to address once they are identified. Carmen

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