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Health on the Margins - reports and information

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By Helen Jones |  April 8, 2015 |

Roadsite encampmentWhy does the health of people who live on the margins matter?  Why do entrenched inequities in health access and outcome continue and what can be done? What common ground is there between people 'on the margins' and people not considered to be 'marginal'?  What role do healthcare commissioners have to play in reducing inequity?

The Health on the Margins Conference, held in February 2015, was the final action of the three year National Gypsy and Traveller Health Inclusion Project funded by the Department of Health and carry out jointly by Leeds GATE and Friends, Families and Travellers (Brighton).  The project began just as the Health and Social Care Act 2012 became law.  We wanted to observe, and influence, how the new health architecture created by the Act would impact on the health of Gypsy and Traveller people, and others regarded as having the poorest health outcomes in the UK.

You can read the final project report here and the conference report here.  You can also read the Cost Benefit report - Gypsy and Traveller Health - Who Pays and FFT report about Joint Strategic Needs Assessments here.  We would also recommend reading anything published by the UCL Marmot Institute of Health Equity.  You can find inclusion guidance from the Royal College of General Practitioners here and (finally!) the Hidden Needs report about data collection from the Inclusion Health Board.

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