Better Health

Funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government’s ‘Tackling Race Inequalities Fund’, 2008-2011. Although our funding under TRIF has now finished, we will continue our work under the Better Health project. 

Contact Kat Clayton or contact Tracey Bignall

What are the aims of the project?

The Better Health project seeks to develop a national evidence-based resource to help health practitioners:

  • improve service provision for black and minority ethnic communities
  • embed race equality in their day to day work.

We have produced a number of resources as part of the Better Health project, including briefing papers, a website, a monthly newsletter, and social media accounts. We have also attended a number of local, national and regional events to distribute the Better Health briefings and disseminate information about the project.

Better Health briefing papers

Central to the Better Health project is a collection of evidence-based briefing papers containing research, good practice tips, resources, and key messages targeted towards frontline health practitioners. Although the papers focus on a variety of different issues and ethnic groups, overarching themes include:

  • the impact of personal or institutional racism on black and minority ethnic service users and staff.
  • limitations in the provision of culturally, ethnically and linguistically appropriate health services.
  • obstacles to participation and engagement by black and minority ethnic service users in health services, such as segregation, dispersal or language.
  • intersections between age, disability, gender, faith, poverty and ethnicity.
  • best practice examples to tackle discrimination and disadvantage.

View a list of Better Health briefing papers (external website)

If you would like briefings for distribution, or for a member of staff to speak about the issues covered by the Better Health briefing collection, then please do get in touch with Kat Clayton.

Better Health website

The Better Health (external website) provides access to the full collection of Better Health briefings, alongside supplementary collections of related resources, weblinks and events listings. The site also provides news and current affairs information to highlight the changing legislative background to equality issues, and provide guidance to help practitioners embed good practice in their everyday work.

The site also allows practitioners to participate in the project by putting forward their own research and events information.

To suggest future briefings, or include resources or events on the Better Health website, please contact Kat Clayton.

Find Better Health online

Website Newsletter Facebook Twitter

You can find past newsletters here.

See also the Better Housing project pages.