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PHE launches health inequalities consultation


24 February 2014

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A series of consultations are being launched by Public Health England in a bid to develop solutions to tackle health inequalities locally. 
PHE believes that by listening to communities, the organisation will be able to better understand how people are affected and hear their suggestions for what might narrow the gap. 
Health inequalities mean that where you live, what you earn and how long you stay in education may all affect your health.

A series of consultations are being launched by Public Health England in a bid to develop solutions to tackle health inequalities locally. 
PHE believes that by listening to communities, the organisation will be able to better understand how people are affected and hear their suggestions for what might narrow the gap. 
Health inequalities mean that where you live, what you earn and how long you stay in education may all affect your health.
For example, people living in the poorest neighbourhoods will on average die seven years earlier than people living in the richest neighbourhoods.
The project will involve speaking with public health professionals and community leaders and holding a series of workshops with members of the public to gain valuable insight into how people are living now. 
The workshops will explore local solutions that may help to mitigate inequalities and this knowledge will be collated for dissemination via a number of means both locally and nationally.
Ann Marie Connolly, director of Health Equity and Impact at PHE, said: "The concept of inequalities and their causes are complex and can be difficult to convey in a simple message, so we are interested in better understanding how the public identify and describe health inequalities and want to hear about solutions that may work locally. This will help us improve the way we describe inequalities and how we reduce them."

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