Humber and North Yorkshire ICS has launched its health equity fellowship programme for its staff.
The programme is intended to enhance applicants’ skills to improve population health and reduce inequalities within their community or organisation.
All staff across health, social care, voluntary, and community sectors and those working in local authorities are eligible to apply.
The programme will run from April 2024 to March 2025, and will require one day a week to attend training.
ICB deputy chief executive and population health lead Amanda Bloor said: ‘Addressing health inequalities is a crucial priority for us in Humber and North Yorkshire, and this is a key opportunity to engage with our wider workforce to support us in this ambition.
‘The programme, which has been modelled on a well-recognised programme in West Yorkshire, allows colleagues across our Integrated Care System to be involved in tackling health inequalities they are passionate about, and we all have our role to play in closing the healthy life expectancy gap between our communities.’
And director of public health and deputy chief executive at Hull City Council, Julia Weldon, said: ‘Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board is committed to ensure everyone in HNY has an equal opportunity for a healthy life, no matter where they come from. We can achieve this by bringing an inequalities lens to everything that we do. We believe that everyone in the HNY should have the opportunity to contribute to this collective effort.
‘The Health Equity Fellowship programme is an excellent way to equip our workforce and external partners including members of our community with skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle inequalities. We strongly recommend the programme to everyone who has a passion for improving population health and reducing inequalities.’