Tackling health inequalities for minority ethnic groups: Challenges and opportunities

Author(s): Gurch Randhawa;  

Briefing series: Better Health Briefing Paper 6

Publisher: Race Equality Foundation

Publication date: July 2007

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Tackling health inequalities for minority ethnic groups: Challenges and opportunities
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Health inequalities may vary both between ethnic groups and within ethnic groups. This paper considers how health inequalities may reflect inequalities in the distribution of health determinants, such as access to good housing, transport, education and employment opportunities, and considers methods of reducing health inequalities through NHS reform.

Key messages:

  • Health inequalities exist in the UK: both between and within minority ethnic groups
  • Health inequalities vary by social class between ethnic groups and within ethnic groups
  • Health inequalities reflect inequalities in the distribution of health determinants, such as access to good housing, transport, education and employment opportunities
  • Reducing health inequalities is possible utilising the ingredients of National Health Service system reform

Sections:

  • Evidence of inequalities in health
  • Ethnicity and social class
  • Tackling health inequalities
  • Utilising the ingredients of NHS system reform