I attended Day 2 of the virtual conference, Mobilising people to combat racial inequality: the power of voice. This topic matters to me as the disparity in statistics are stark and impact the engagement and feed into the culture of distrust minoritised communities may feel when accessing health services.
Ahead of the digital exclusion day of our conference (Tues 16 Mar), National Voices Policy and Engagement Officer Savannah Fishel says the issue of digital exclusion goes far beyond trying to maintain contact with patients during the height of a pandemic, and cuts to the core of deepening health inequality More information, and how to register for our conference
I was invited to speak at the Building Back Fairer: reframing the conversation around poverty and health conference today. I spoke about poverty and health inequities following my own experiences of failing to access care or manage my health due to stigma, culture, poverty and lack of confidence. Sir Michael Marmot spoke on ‘Why we need to build back Fairer’ and Jo Bibby spoke on ‘How to build back Fairer.’ My own understanding of poverty and health inequities just scratches the surface and every person has a different experience of health inequity, it is not a blanket term.
Clare Woodford, Senior Policy Advisor at Macmillan, highlights the findings of a new report showing that personalised, integrated care is essential for people with long-term health conditions, particularly during the pandemic, and as we plan our way out of it.
While welcoming the focus the government's White Paper could bring on integration, National Voices CEO Charlotte Augst warns 'the track record of achieving better, more equitable, outcomes for people on the basis of mergers and restructures of national bodies is pitiful'.
Now could not be a more pressing time to discuss the issue of health inequity, the focus of our conference How Can We Dismantle Health Together - National Voices' conference to realise the power of the voluntary sector (Mar 2, 9, 16, 23). COVID-19 has made pre-existing health inequities starker, and generated fresh injustice. The stakes could not be higher, yet the barriers to change are also significant and complex - nowhere more so than in the area of racial inequality.