SILHILLIANS are being called ]to give their thoughts on plans to improve health equality across the borough.
Solihull Council has drawn up a three-year Tackling health inequalities: a blueprint for Solihull 2022-2025 strategy to improve the lives of those with the worst health outcomes
The Council says on average, men in the most deprived 10 per cent of Solihull can expect to live around 11 years less than those in the least deprived – an area of concern the Council is committed to tackling.
This draft strategy comes at a time of renewed focus on health inequalities nationally with the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities set up last October to tackle health disparities across the UK.
The strategy calls on residents, community groups and local organisations to partner with the Council and NHS, to tackle health inequalities across the borough.
The council say it focuses on what more can be done locally to close the health gap at different stages in people’s lives.
Ambitions are based around four key priorities maternity and early years, adulthood and work, supporting higher-risk groups (including carers and those they care for) and healthy places (assessing the impact of health inequalities caused by housing, transport and the environment).
Solihull Council’s deputy leader and chair of Solihull Health and Wellbeing Board, Councillor Karen Grinsell, said: “We all have a fundamental right to equal opportunities to be healthy, no matter where we live or our background.
“This is why the Council, alongside the NHS and partners, is committed to tackling health inequalities across our borough.
“We have already started to address this important issue but we want to do more, which is why we have created this Strategy. But we need your input, so whether you are a resident or part of an organisation, please have your say on our draft Strategy.
“We need to know whether we are focusing on the areas that matter most to you and your community.”
The survey will be available until February 7.
To take the anonymous survey and view the draft Strategy visit www.solihull.gov.uk/consultations