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First City & Hackney Health Inequalities Summit takes place

The City and Hackney team, along with the City of London Corporation and Hackney Council, hosted its inaugural Health Inequalities Summit on Wednesday 11 January 2023. It was attended by over 70 people including Chief Medical Officer Paul Gilluley, Chair of Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Sir John Gieve, Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville and Hackney Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care, Voluntary Sector and Culture Councillor Chris Kennedy. The event showcased over 25 projects from teams who have been working to tackle health inequalities. Dr Anu Kumar opened the summit that aimed to continue fostering enthusiastic team working around inequalities and to improve ways for all patients and residents to access care.

A number of case studies were presented, such as City & Hackney’s CoRe (Covid Rehabilitation) services, which supports those who have Long Covid; the Homerton’s creation of an Autistic friendly neighbourhood in London Fields; the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Alliance’s programme to support young African/Caribbean people with their mental health; and Claudine Matthews, a dietician from Shoreditch Park and the City PCN, who spoke about the nutrition in management of sickle cell disease. You can read more about these case studies and others here.

The summit ended with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions, as well as to have discussions among themselves. Considered a success, the City & Hackney team aims to host another event before the year ends to highlight further case studies and update attendees on progress.