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Health impact assessment

A conference took place with the specific purpose of raising awareness and promoting ownership amongst agencies of the health inequalities in the South Whitehaven and South Workington areas through the findings in the Health Impact Assessment; to help address the issues and put in place some of the report’s recommendations:

  • To improve housing and provide more green spaces
  • To promote healthy lifestyles
  • To tackle long-term unemployment
  • To improve access and transport to primary care services, in particular dental.
  • To improve communication between GPs and Job Centre Plus, for example, Employment Advisors working in partnership with primary care services.
  • To develop support for teenagers, including employment opportunities.

The Health Impact Assessment Report and Health Impact Assessment Executive Summary are available to download below.

The conference took place on Wednesday 16 April at the Oval Centre, Salterbeck, Workington and the keynote speaker was Director of Public Health and County Medical Officer, Professor John Ashton. As well as other presentations there was the opportunity for people from all agencies involved to work together to put in place joint positive actions to address the recommendations and to progress the key areas identified in the Health Impact Assessment. These will then be evidenced within the Neighbourhood Management Delivery Plans.

An external communications consultant from the Improvement and Development Agency for local government attended to write up the event.

The leader of Allerdale Borough Council, Joe Milburn, has backed the conference. “The people who live in these areas deserve the best access to health that can be provided and I hope this conference will go some way to provide that.”

Councillor Barbara Cannon is the chair of the Neighbourhood Management Partnership Board, and has long been involved in tackling health inequalities in the county. She said: “This level of poor health is unacceptable in a modern society. The solutions are not easy, but find them we must. Durham University’s report has suggested what can be done and starting with this conference, we must strive to do so.”

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