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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.

Gateshead Council has 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:

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

Councillor Lynne Caffrey, Chair of Gateshead's Health and Wellbeing Board, said: "Before Covid-19, Gateshead had real inequalities that created divides within our communities and despite all of the hard work and effort put into making Gateshead somewhere where the life expectancy gap was reducing, recent events mean that this is increasing again."

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.

"COVID-19 has shone a further spotlight on these inequalities with people from the most disadvantaged communities in England twice as likely to die as those from the most affluent.

"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."

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

He said: "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."

Read the strategy

Health and wellbeing graphic
07 August 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.

Gateshead Council has 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:

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

Councillor Lynne Caffrey, Chair of Gateshead's Health and Wellbeing Board, said: "Before Covid-19, Gateshead had real inequalities that created divides within our communities and despite all of the hard work and effort put into making Gateshead somewhere where the life expectancy gap was reducing, recent events mean that this is increasing again."

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.

"COVID-19 has shone a further spotlight on these inequalities with people from the most disadvantaged communities in England twice as likely to die as those from the most affluent.

"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."

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

He said: "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."

Read the strategy

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