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Gateshead Council agrees new vision for improving health and wellbeing

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We want every child to have the best start in life and this is the top priority in a new strategy to improve health and wellbeing for everyone in the Borough.

Cabinet today agreed six areas of focus and a range of initiatives to provide support to people and families to tackle health inequalities and increase health and wellbeing among residents.

The plans have received the prestigious backing of Professor Sir Michael Marmot, who today launched a landmark review of health inequalities across England.

Gateshead's six priorities to improve health and wellbeing are:

  • give every child the best start in life, with a focus on conception to age two
  • enable all children, young people and adults to maximise their capabilities and have control over their lives
  • create fair employment and good work for all
  • ensure a healthy standard of living for all
  • create and develop healthy and sustainable places and communities
  • strengthen the role and impact of ill health prevention

Gateshead Council Leader Martin Gannon said:

"We recognise the importance 'good jobs, homes, health and friends' have on the lives of our communities and that these things underpin people's health and wellbeing."

Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity, said: "It is encouraging that, on the day I publish findings from my review 'Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On', Gateshead have also published a refreshed Health and Wellbeing Strategy which commits to action across the policy objectives outlined in my report to reduce the unjust inequalities faced by their communities.

"The work in Gateshead reminds us that our focus must be on listening to people and families and putting health at the heart of every decision. Good health is an indication that a society is thriving and that economic and social and cultural features of a society are working in the best interests of the population."

Gateshead's Director of Public Health, Alice Wiseman, said: "We find the levels of inequality in Gateshead unacceptable and we are determined to do something different to address this.

"While we recognise the importance of the NHS, the evidence points to a need to focus further on investing in the conditions that will enable everyone to enjoy good health and wellbeing in Gateshead to address the unfair differences faced by some of our communities.

"Our Health and Wellbeing Strategy signals our commitment to working with a broader range of partners than ever before including the Police and Crime Commissioner, voluntary and community Organisations, schools, Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Federation of Small Businesses."

 

Health and wellbeing graphic
25 February 2020

We want every child to have the best start in life and this is the top priority in a new strategy to improve health and wellbeing for everyone in the Borough.

Cabinet today agreed six areas of focus and a range of initiatives to provide support to people and families to tackle health inequalities and increase health and wellbeing among residents.

The plans have received the prestigious backing of Professor Sir Michael Marmot, who today launched a landmark review of health inequalities across England.

Gateshead's six priorities to improve health and wellbeing are:

  • give every child the best start in life, with a focus on conception to age two
  • enable all children, young people and adults to maximise their capabilities and have control over their lives
  • create fair employment and good work for all
  • ensure a healthy standard of living for all
  • create and develop healthy and sustainable places and communities
  • strengthen the role and impact of ill health prevention

Gateshead Council Leader Martin Gannon said:

"We recognise the importance 'good jobs, homes, health and friends' have on the lives of our communities and that these things underpin people's health and wellbeing."

Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity, said: "It is encouraging that, on the day I publish findings from my review 'Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On', Gateshead have also published a refreshed Health and Wellbeing Strategy which commits to action across the policy objectives outlined in my report to reduce the unjust inequalities faced by their communities.

"The work in Gateshead reminds us that our focus must be on listening to people and families and putting health at the heart of every decision. Good health is an indication that a society is thriving and that economic and social and cultural features of a society are working in the best interests of the population."

Gateshead's Director of Public Health, Alice Wiseman, said: "We find the levels of inequality in Gateshead unacceptable and we are determined to do something different to address this.

"While we recognise the importance of the NHS, the evidence points to a need to focus further on investing in the conditions that will enable everyone to enjoy good health and wellbeing in Gateshead to address the unfair differences faced by some of our communities.

"Our Health and Wellbeing Strategy signals our commitment to working with a broader range of partners than ever before including the Police and Crime Commissioner, voluntary and community Organisations, schools, Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Federation of Small Businesses."

 

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