Connecting Health Communities in North Yorkshire

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Helping our most isolated and vulnerable community members to access the health care and support they need.

Connecting Health Communities provides external facilitation to cross-sector partnerships seeking to address health inequalities, enabling them to co-design and co-deliver positive action.

Together with IVAR (the Institute for Voluntary Action Research) – who run the programme  – and our partners including Hambleton Community Action, Nidderdale Plus Community Hub, primary care networks, Healthwatch North Yorkshire, North Yorkshire County Council, Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership, North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, will explore what health inequalities look like locally and how we can tackle them by improving access to health and care appointments. We will work on strengthening the foundations of our partnership working and support our local leaders to deliver improved health outcomes to vulnerable groups by:

  • Building the evidence base and case for change
  • Adapting systems and structures
  • Initiating and introducing new services
  • Identifying and achieving opportunities for a more sustainable and fairer model of healthcare

We will also benefit from local and national learning that can progress our partnership.

Connecting Health Communities has four high-level aspirations that it will explore with partners, like us:

  1. People with experience of health inequality are meaningfully involved in the codesign and co-production of health and care in and for their communities.
  2. People and communities with experience of health inequality are trusted partners in decision-making about their health and wellbeing.
  3. Activities that help people stay well and healthy happen in spaces and ways that communities feel ownership of.
  4. Voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations are recognised, valued and resourced to connect people in communities with each other for their health and wellbeing.

To find out more about the project, read our Expression of Interest.

Connecting health communities is run and delivered by IVAR. It is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, and supported by an advisory group with representation from NHS England and Improvement, individuals with experience of cross-sector partnership working and/or support people experiencing health inequalities.

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