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.

The Health Inequalities researchers within the NIHR CLAHRC YH core team have leveraged external grant funding, established and developed partnerships within and external to the NIHR CLAHRC, engaged in external facing activities and capacity building, and published and disseminated outputs, including peer-reviewed publications.  

Professor Kate Pickett's final report summarises activities within these areas for the full five-year period of NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber 2014 - 2018 and can be accessed here