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 (CDA). To date:
VAC delivered a short project with Camden Council, the Ubele Initiative and AWN (Asian Women’s Network) to work with groups serving BAME communities, and improve their fundraising outcomes. Different methods were employed by the partners involved. The process presented challenges and stimulated ideas about organisational development: traditional structures and approaches, engagement with different communities, and how we work with groups and organisations moving forward.