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Rethinking health inequalities

October 28th 2018

The Bevan Foundation is working with MacMillan Cancer Support Cymru to consider whether it is time for fresh approaches to reducing health inequalities.

There are large differences in people’s health in Wales. On average, a male from the most deprived areas lives 8.9 years less than males from the least deprived, while for females the gap in life expectancy between most and least deprived areas is 7.3 years.  There are also differences in the incidence of a number of diseases, including cancer, heart disease and mental illness, and in the likelihood of recovery.  The causes of inequalities are complex, but include unhealthy behaviours such as smoking, environmental factors such as a damp or overcrowded home, and low income and educational attainment.

In Wales the focus of action has been on changing individual behaviour, for example supporting people to quit smoking or reduce their alcohol consumption. Despite considerable effort, inequalities are proving stubborn.

This project aims to reflect on the approach to reducing health inequalities to date and consider whether it is time for a fresh impetus and / or approach.

Project duration: October 2018 – April 2019

Funder: MacMillan Cancer Support Cymru

Outputs

A round table discussion for stakeholders interested in health inequalities, with a keynote presentation by Dr Graham Moore of Cardiff University; 23rd October 2018

A report summarising findings was published in April 2019.

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