Poverty & Health Inequalities

CHEX aims to stimulate the debate by exploring the links between poverty and health inequalities and highlighting the health impact caused by both. We bring our knowledge and expertise as community development practitioners and demonstrate the use of community development as an essential approach in tackling poverty and health inequalities at a local level.

Extensive research has demonstrated the interrelationships between the socio-economic state of people, their quality of life and their life expectancy. Since the Black Report in early 1980s, the increasing gap in British health and life expectancy has been well documented, highlighting the differences experienced by people living in poverty and those living in prosperity.

R.Wilkinson (Impact of Inequality 2005) has been a consistent commentator on the status of those in poverty to show that income poverty is further compounded by the experience of inequalities in access to services and in the quality of social relations in and between different socio-economic groupings (The Spirit Level: R. Wilkinson, Kate Pickett, 2009). And the impact of income poverty on health and life expectancy has been well evidenced since the release of profiles in the British Medical Journal back in 1995.

CHEX outlined its perspective, analysis and recommendations for supporting communities to tackle health inequalities and poverty at a local level in the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) publication ‘Poverty in Scotland' (2007) which you can purchase here.   

Read about how a community-led approach to health improvement tackles health inequalities in Our Approach.

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