United Kingdom (England). Supporting local systems to tackle the social determinants of health inequalities

Popay, Jennifer Mary and Porroche-Escudero, Ana (2018) United Kingdom (England). Supporting local systems to tackle the social determinants of health inequalities. In: Health 2020 priority area four: creating supportive environments and resilient communities : A compendium of inspirational examples. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, pp. 123-133. ISBN 9789289053235

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Developing system approaches to resilience is not an easy option. The Neighbourhood Resilience Programme (NRP) described in this inspirational example from the northwest of England highlights some of the main challenges and opportunities for such an innovative approach. As the authors conclude, such an approach demands time, energy, commitment and imagination from all involved. The example throws light on the possibility to move beyond traditional, individual, topic-based approaches to collaborative partnerships with residents, local workers and institutions. It addresses major issues and works on key social, environmental, cultural and economic elements that characterize local neighbourhood systems that impact on resilience, health and well-being. The on-the-ground work of the authors and their partners at community level maintains that strengthening resilience that impacts on health and the reduction of health inequities requires such a system perspective. Although in its early phase of development, several powerful lessons can be drawn from NRP and its system perspective. Such lessons are useful for action that aims to strengthen resilience to promote health and well-being and to address social and economic determinants of inequalities. These lessons are essential for developing resilient neighbourhood systems.

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