Understanding inequalities and the impact they have on health: findings from a community sample

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HERON ran interactive workshops with Health and Social Care BTEC (level 3) 1st and 2nd year students at Lambeth College. Titled ‘Understanding inequalities and the impact they have on health: findings from a community sample’, the sessions aimed to disseminate findings from the South East London Community Health Study (SELCoH) and stimulate wider discussion as to what the main factors causing health inequalities may be. The sessions were delivered by SELCoH research assistants and HERON coordinators, Bwalya Kankulu, Billy Gazard and Natasha Smyth. The session focused on looking at the socio-demographic and socioeconomic determinants of health inequalities in South East London with the aim to provide: • An overview of the prevalence of health problems and risk behaviors’ in the community • An insight into the impact of demographic and socioeconomic factors, such as age, gender, income and education status on health and wellbeing • An exploration and discussion of what may be the main factors that cause inequalities in health and health service use To ensure the presentations were interactive and engaging, a range of teaching methods were employed. These included facilitated group work using recent media articles highlighting scenarios of various social inequalities. The students were asked to think about ways in which these scenarios could lead to health inequalities and discuss more generally the multiple levels at which discrimination operates. Health profiles created by the Department of Health were also used to stimulate discussion around neighbourhood inequalities. Students were asked to compare the recorded health outcomes for Lambeth against the borough of Kensington and Chelsea and discuss disparities between areas. Finally, debate was used to explore responsibility for health, with students split into two groups, the first being asked to represent ‘the individual’, and the second being asked to represent ‘society’. Thirty five students in total attended the two sessions, which were run at the Clapham Common site. The team received positive feedback from students attending and so there are plans to offer these teaching sessions to other colleges in the area. Longer term links with Lambeth College will be explored with regards to facilitating work experience opportunities for a smaller number of students who are interested in health inequalities, mental health and health service use.
Period26 Apr 2012
Event titleUnderstanding inequalities and the impact they have on health: findings from a community sample
Event typeWorkshop
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map