Suffolk & North East Essex Integrated Care System

100 Day Health Equity Challenge

To coincide the anniversary of the first #what are we missing? event in Suffolk and North East Essex in June 2020, we are launching a 100 Day Challenge to drive health equity across our ICS. 

In order to take up the challenge, we are asking colleagues from across all ICS partner organisations to participate in a half-day online workshop around health equity.

The workshop explores the reasons why addressing inequalities in health and care requires consideration of health equity and justice. It then builds on the outcome-based approach already embedded in our ICS and introduces the broader concepts of ;

  • Awareness – of our own privilege and biases, of the disadvantages others experience, and the complex intersectionality of living with multiple disadvantages.
  • Assessment – of the impact on health inequalities of what we do in health and care, so that we can take steps to achieve equity and justice for everyone. 
  • Allyship – together with co-production, to make sure that we understand the issues and work together to find the right solutions.
  • Accountability – meeting our legal and moral duties towards all our communities. 

The workshop will be delivered by the ICS Central Team with support from facilitators with lived experience from a diverse range of backgrounds.                                                    

After the workshop participants will work with local groups and communities to identify one or more ‘benefits’ that they believe will help to enable health equity, either in their local area or within a project or wider programme. Together they will co-produce activities that will enable those benefits for local people.

Our 100 Day Challenge will be supported by an ICS-wide Equalities Reference Group which will provide expertise and enable sharing of experiences and best practice. 

The workshop includes interactive exercises, conversations with people with lived experience and is delivered using a variety of online platforms.  Places are free of charge and the course is delivered over a 2.5hour session. 

Feedback from previous course participants: 

“This was by far one of the best courses I have ever done.  The bravery of X to tell us her story from her perspective was humbling and makes you think so differently – this will really make a difference to how schemes/policies are shaped.  The quiz was interactive and fun even if the correct answers were shocking.”

“I just wanted to say how thought-provoking yesterday’s session was.  I loved the icebreaker (I usually groan when somebody says we are going to do an icebreaker!)…  It is so good to understand ‘lived experience’ and it made me realise it is not always about trying to fix everything for people, but it is often about people having access to a listening/ supportive ear.  I thought she was really brave to do that.”

Forthcoming online workshop dates this summer include:

Date Time

Tuesday 27 July 2021

2:30pm-5:00pm

Monday 2 August 2021

1:00pm-3:30pm

Thursday 12 August 2021

9:00am-11:30am

SOLD OUT

Tuesday 17 August 2021

                                              9:00am-11:30am
For further information about these events please contact hollie.oldfield@nhs.net
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