2020 was a pivotal year for the topic of race equality. While the Black Lives Matter movement brought the conversation around racial equality firmly into the global spotlight, the COVID-19 pandemic was demonstrating just how deep the inequalities divide ran, with racial disparities front and centre.
A West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership review in 2020 identified the need for an anti-racism movement aimed at Partnership colleagues, organisations, and communities. The Partnership serves one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the UK, and its partnership structure offers potential to reach over 100,000 strong workforce, and a community population of 2.7 million (including 325,000 unpaid carers).
This evaluation report seeks to understand the engagement, effectiveness, and impact of the anti-racism movement through analysis of supporter sign-up data, website, social media and traditional media reach statistics, and data gathered from a series of two surveys aimed at individual and organisational supporters of the movement.
Gathering the insight
We conducted six focus groups over three days, attended by 51 people and 15 different organisations represented, with colleagues from across our places, including from the community, voluntary and social enterprise sector.
The aim of these focus groups was to allow collaboration through the sharing of ideas, insights and perceptions of the anti-racism movement and subsequent campaign. The groups were qualitative 60-minute interviews conducted over online video conference.
Participants were asked a series of questions about their experiences of racism, in their particular context. Participants were then given the opportunity to share their experiences, with further follow up made available through an anonymous form. All responses in this report have been anonymised.
Tackling health inequalities for ethnic minority communities and colleagues
Everyone deserves the same opportunities to lead a healthy life, no matter where they live or who they are. Yet, evidence shows that people from ethnic minority communities continue to face health inequalities, discrimination in the workplace and are more likely to develop coronavirus (COVID-19) and die as a result of it.
In 2020, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership undertook a review to understand the impact of COVID-19 and health inequalities on ethnic minority communities and staff. The aim was to review existing work, to explore if this work was sufficient to address this impact and to identify recommendations for action to reduce this impact.
Infographic: summary of review report recommendations
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Our 10 Big Ambitions
In our Five Year Plan, 'Better health and wellbeing for everyone', we listed 10 ambitions, with one of them being:
"We will have a more diverse leadership that better reflects the broad range of talent in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, helping to ensure that the poor experiences in the workplace that are particularly high for ethnic minority staff will become a thing of the past."
The Root Out Racism movement is part of our commitment to this ambition.