Marmot reaffirms for us all the link between social inequity and poor health

Posted on 26th January 2021
Man wearing a black hoodie sitting in a wheelchair.

The link between social inequity and poor health has been reaffirmed, among those are COVID patients suffering from lingering symptoms.

All people should be given the opportunity to live a long, healthy life regardless of education or background. We want to improve social and emotional wellbeing in all our communities. We do this by preventing illness, gender based violence and race based discrimination. We also achieve this by promoting gender and racial equity, social cohesion and human rights.

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To generate sustainable change we work alongside community members. Together we design, develop and deliver programs that support communities. We help to mobilise initiatives that are prioritised by the community.

Our approaches include advocacy, activating communities, arts, changing workplace policies and practice, focusing on strengths and partnerships.

People attend a workshop on the link between social inequity and poor health.

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cohealth clients gather in groups and share their lived experience in a codesign workshop.

Human rights affects health: the link between social inequity and poor health

Health is impacted when humans rights are violated, minimised or ignored. Being included, learning things, actively participating and meaningful work all create great health. Gender and racial equality create healthier more equitable communities.

Social determinants of health

‘The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.’ – World Health Organisation

The social determinants of health impact on the health and wellbeing of the communities we work within. cohealth considered these social determinants in the development of our Integrated Health Promotion plan.

Regional shared plans

cohealth is a key partner in a number of regional shared Integrated Health Promotion plans including:

  • promoting Mental Health: Preventing Violence Together – Women’s Health West
  • Promoting gender equity Building a Respectful Community Strategy 2017– 2021 – Women’s Health in the North
  • Inner North West Collaborative Evaluation Project (INCEPT)- Inner North West Primary Care Partnership
  • Social Determinants of Health Alliance (SDOHA)

The cohealth Prevention team collaborates with partners committed to shared plans and actions for greater impact.

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