The COVID-19 epidemic has profoundly affected population groups globally, nationally and locally. The effects of the epidemic have been felt, and in some cases exacerbated, our overall health and social inequalities. The interdependence between health and the economy has never been closer, or the need for a better and more inclusive economic system has become apparent.
As a nation, we enjoyed an average and consistently healthy life after World War II. But behind the fact is health inequalities. The lower a person’s socioeconomic status, the more they define where they live, their work, qualifications, income and wealth, the more likely they are to be in poor health. It is estimated that between January 1, 2003 and December 1, 2018, More than a third of deaths in England were responsible for socioeconomic inequality, Making it a major and long-term public health challenge.
When we get out of the epidemic, the full effects of its effects and the mitigation of the lockout are obvious. Nowhere more than inequality in health, either the direct impact of the disease on the most challenging communities, or indirectly, the discriminatory impact on the local economy. Simply put, poor areas and populations are still at risk of becoming poorer and this is holding them back. Therefore, we also need to aim for a ‘forget back build’ plan.Build back‘And more permanently. This means addressing the most fundamental of determinants – the economy that creates jobs and wealth – and doing so through our planet to protect the environmental sustainability of future generations.
For these reasons, PHE has developed a program that works on roles and opportunities for public health in building inclusive and sustainable economies. We have developed Practice Knowledge Hub’s community education to share and develop evidence, And hosted a series of webinars that provide an opportunity for experts to share the raft of innovative work taking place in the national and regional inclusive economy by bringing it to the table.
This work is focused on the production of new resources – Inclusive and sustainable economy: leaving no stone unturned. The source includes a report and accompanying data catalog, which provides a framework for local systems to work collaboratively on the economic, social and environmental determinants of the health system. Everyone has a role to play in this agenda, and the resource highlights areas for action across multiple sectors, organizations and departments.
The framework makes recommendations for location-based work that can be adapted to local conditions and priorities, building on existing local strengths and assets. Entrepreneurial organizations, for example, are local assets with a large deal to spend, as well as important employers. By procuring and recruiting locally, supporting training and trainee schemes for people who often face exclusion, and by committing to fair and socially responsible employment practices, Acker can promote prosperity at many levels. The development of local skill bases and the necessary infrastructure for conservation of green, sustainable industries, such as decarbonization in construction, can also address a number of ISE ambitions.
This resource provides a contemporary response to the spotlight caused by the epidemic of health inequality in our society and suggests ways to improve the effects of COVID-1 of based on local practice examples.
Building a ‘Fair Beer Fair’ is based on an inclusive and sustainable economic approach to recovery from this disease epidemic, for the common prosperity of a healthy community, place and all.
There may not be a better time to shape this agenda and confront the broader determinants of health. Paper provides resources to those working locally and regionally so that we maximize this opportunity. PHE’s new ISE resource supports both the government’s priority of equating poor and marginalized communities, and seeks to expand local democracy through elected mayors, economic powerhouses, and devolution deals.
This is an opportunity for the basic social determinants of health to act in a way we have never been able to before and to support recovery from the effects of the epidemic. It really takes a generation to see the difference, but it’s a once in a generation opportunity.