First Person: New Health and Well-bring Board improving our health
A NEW Health and Well-being Board has been established to drive health improvement in North East Lincolnshire.
A recent workshop took place to assist in the development of the strategy that will identify the key health priorities for the area.
Discussions at the workshop focused on how to address the unemployment and poverty issues which afflict some local communities including the East Marsh, West Marsh and South Ward areas.
Unemployment and poverty contribute to unhealthy lifestyles and we also addressed how to better meet the needs of vulnerable groups such as older people, disabled people and those with chronic health problems.
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All partner organisations will be expected to sign up to the health and wellbeing strategy which will be published in the spring.
They will work together towards its delivery, ensuring the priorities are built into their own organisational strategies.
The board will be a new group of people, operating in a new way, to make a big difference to local people.
We want care to be more efficient, more effective and have better outcomes, but we also want to actively involve the people of the borough in promoting health.
We want them to be at the heart of everything the board takes forward.
The overall health of the population of North East Lincolnshire has greatly improved during the last 20 years with significantly increased life expectancy and big falls in deaths from cardiovascular disease.
However, in those parts blighted by high levels of unemployment and poverty, health has not improved as much as in affluent areas.
Increasing numbers of people therefore need to be treated over many years in our GP surgeries and hospitals for a wide range of chronic disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, respiratory disease and mental illness.
In addition our growing life expectancy is leading to a substantial increase in disease associated with old age, in particular dementia, which is also putting a strain on health and social services.
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