New ‘Birmingham Health Charter’ set to reduce health inequalities across the city


Birmingham City University has joined forces with the Politics of Health Group and the Equality Trust to launch a new health charter, aimed at addressing inequalities in health throughout Birmingham as well as the whole of the UK.  

Health inequalities are the differences between people due to social, geographical, biological and other factors which can often result in those people who are worst off experiencing poor health and potentially a reduction in life expectancy.

Based on the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, the Birmingham Health Charter aims to bring together activists and organisations to bring about change and reduce the inequalities gap between different social groups.

To launch the project, Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences will hold a one-day national conference in Birmingham on Wednesday 23 November.

Through a series of talks and workshops the conference will address some of the key issues in health inequality, including food security and sustainability, solidarity between more and less affluent communities, and universally available and holistic health care. These discussions will form the basis of The Birmingham Health Charter.

Anne Robbins, Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Birmingham City University said:

Key speakers include John Middleton, President of the Faculty of Public Health; Russell Caplan, London South Bank University and Alex Scott Samuel, Politics of Health Group. 

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