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Working in Partnership to Tackle Health Inequalities

Tuesday 1st November 2011
Central London, 09:15 - 16:00


In order to address the current causes of health inequalities in the UK, a commitment across government departments, local authorities and wider society is vital. Research conducted by the Department of Health shows that two out of three adults are overweight or obese; and inequalities in health remain widespread, with people in the poorest areas living on average 7 years fewer than those in the richest areas, and spending up to 17 more years living with poor health.

On 13 July 2011, Public Health minister Anne Milton stated that the government?s reforms for public health in England should be judged on whether they combat health inequalities. The government see tackling health inequalities as a top priority and continues to put new reforms in place, in order to encourage and empower people to take responsibility for their health and make healthy choices.

In the November 2010 White Paper 'Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our Strategy for Public Health in England,' the government outlined its vision to reform the current public health system and reduce health inequalities in the UK. The white paper highlights the government?s plans to integrate NHS commissioning directives, incentivise service improvement and introduce a ?Health Premium.?

The White Paper also outlines support for local authorities, charities and private sector organisations to build partnerships with the NHS and encourage healthier behaviour, with the aim of tackling health inequalities through their influence over food, physical activity, alcohol and health in the workplace. These areas of improvement are also mentioned in ?The Public Health Responsibility Deal' (March 2011).


This timely forum will provide delegates with the opportunity to examine the future of public health policy and services and learn how to create long term solutions for the reduction of health inequalities.

For further information, see the Inside Government website.

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