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Multiple long-term conditions

Strands of work Programme approach

We want to address the social and economic determinants of health in order to ensure longer, healthier lives for all people living in urban areas

Overview of the programme

The life circumstances of people living in urban areas with multiple long-term conditions can mean they are more likely to have fewer healthy years than others. 

People who are Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic group are likely to be more at risk. 

Financial health, housing and work can all drive health inequity and contribute to people losing up to 15 healthy years.

Our ten-year programme aims to inform the redesign of systems and the way the economy works to reset this health inequity.

Programme impact last financial year

1,800

residents engaged in the programme

165

organisations worked with

30

projects set up

Key facts about multiple long-term conditions

29%

of Black residents live with two or more long-term health conditions compared to 17% of their white neighbours

1 in 5

people in the most deprived neighbourhoods in our place live with multiple long-term conditions, compared to 1 in 10 in the least deprived

£4.7 million

invested in 2019/20 into our partnerships to slow down people’s progression to multiple long-term health conditions

Partnerships

The circumstances of people’s housing, finances and employment all have a role to play in promoting wellbeing.

By working with organisations to address the social and economic determinants of health we can ensure longer, healthier lives for all people living in urban areas.

We aim to work with employers, policy makers, landlords and financial service providers to ensure the health inequity gap doesn’t widen.

This includes influencing national policy, addressing borough-wide issues, and partnering with others to layer activities at a neighbourhood level.

We are a member of the Taskforce on Multiple Conditions. This cross-sector partnership allows us to influence national conversations on multiple long-term conditions and multi-morbidity. We are also supported by a committee of cross-sector experts who challenge and advise us on how to have the most impact.

Working with Impact on Urban Health means we can collectively tackle the causes of health inequities in our home in south London. We know that structural racism is one of the causes of this inequality, and our partnership allows us to make a real change in our borough.

Natalie Creary Programme Delivery Director, Black Thrive
Rohan Martyres

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