The Health Inequalities Network supports grassroots BAME, people with disabilities and other marginalised communities in Camden by connecting them with health providers and policy makers.
Health Inequalities has been a VAC strategic theme for many years. We have hosted a Health and Race Forum enabling easier access to health services, and developed a Health Advocates Programme successfully engaging residents from BAME communities in using local community and health services. VAC partner with MIND in Camden to deliver the Cultural Advocacy Project (CAP) supporting mental health peer support initiatives in different cultural contexts.
The recent Health Inequalities Network emerged from the Covid19 emergency to address some immediate issues identified with partners Healthwatch and Camden Disability Action. To date Healthwatch research has provided a basis for developing resources to encourage vaccine take up in BAME communities, and VAC is working with Camden Council and BAME led networks to support small groups to build more capacity to support their communities