BAME communities and colleagues, like everyone else, deserve to have the best start in life - to live a long and happy one in good health with fair access to education opportunities, a warm and loving home and an income sufficient to meet their needs. And because we understand that reducing health inequalities is about jobs that local people can get, decent housing and preventing people becoming isolated, it follows that we should recognise that local places and communities have the most critical role to play in West Yorkshire and Harrogate.
The collective strength behind this report will give it the determined force and the resources it needs around key areas of work, such as addressing the wider determinants of mental health for BAME communities, fairer career opportunities for colleagues, addressing racism and indirect discrimination.
I’m heartened by the work of the review panel. It has been built and informed by an extensive amount of insight, hard work, dedication and commitment from all involved. This includes the Partnership’s leadership, the West Yorkshire and Harrogate BAME Network, and the strength of voluntary and community sector partners – to name a few. I look forward to following the outcomes from the recommendations made here and most importantly hearing about the positive difference it has made to people’s live.
West Yorkshire and Harrogate review report to tackle health inequalities for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and colleagues: Understanding impact, reducing inequalities, supporting recovery