Addressing Health Inequalities
As a core principle of CLAHRC YH, we believe that everyone has an equal right to be as healthy as they can be, and to have equal access to healthcare. Through implementing our Health Inequalities strategy, we will strive to reduce inequalities.

Yorkshire and Humber is one of the largest and most diverse of the English regions. There are stark and persistent inequalities in life expectancy and chronic ill health, both across the region and within local authority areas. Overall, Yorkshire and Humber has the third lowest life expectancy for both men and women; the highest levels of obesity, and the second highest rate of deaths in infancy among English regions.

The CLAHRC initiative will:

  • identify key evidence gaps that can be bridged using regional expertise
  • support a programme of research to generate evidence for ‘what works, for whom and how’, and to identify groups at higher risk of health problems
  • on this basis, develop interventions designed to change the way people behave, to increase the uptake of support, and to reduce the risk of chronic disease, both regionally and nationally.

Professor Kate Pickett and Sarwat Shah will work with themes and individual project staff to help them understand the impact of their work programme on health inequalities. We can provide input at any operational stage through grant writing and design, recruitment, measurement, intervention and follow-up. Strategies are various and projects-specific. They involve identification of potentially vulnerable groups, monitoring of a concern, help with re-design, and advice on equality of measurement.

Health Inequalities Lead: Professor Kate Pickett
Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences
at the University of York who is an internationally renowned researcher in this field.

Health Inequalities Adviser: Sarwat Shah

Research Fellow with specific interests in quantitative methods mainly involving randomised trials of public health interventions related to tobacco and lung health, and the health of Muslim ethnic minorities in the UK.