CE Hours: 1.5

Seq#10 - Working in Partnership to Transform Lives and Address Health Inequalities

Globally all countries are seeking creative collaborative solutions to promoting health and addressing health inequalities. The UN High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth (2016) in its transformative health agenda stated that the "workforce should be geared towards: a multi-disciplinary approach, social determinants of health, health promotion, disease prevention, primary care and people centred, community-based services".

This workshop will draw on the expertise of leaders working at global/national, community and individual levels and present the evidence on partnerships for health. This will provide a platform for debate and discussion on the role of partnerships in addressing oral health inequalities. National partnerships play a role in shared learning at a global level, with evidence that high income countries can learn about health and health services from poorer countries and vice versa.

At community level, a partnership approach provides a framework for communities and local organisations to work together to improve health and well-being, build resilience and reduce inequalities. The approach, based on the principles of co-production, engages the most disadvantaged communities and empowers people to build capacity for health, well-being and resilience; engage, shape and take action on specific health and well-being needs and issues. Examples from the “Well London” programme which has worked in thirty of the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods across London over the past decade will be examined.
Health Coaching is emerging as part of an effective translational tool to empower and support individual behavioural change and its deployment to address non-communicable diseases [NCDs] in a Low /Middle Income [LIMC]setting will be explored.

Learning Objectives:

  • Enhance participants’ knowledge of the role of partnerships in addressing health inequalities and strengthening health systems at global, national, community and individual levels
  • Improve the understanding of the principles and practice of partnerships working, particularly co-production.
  • Explore partnerships in support addressing oral health inequalities at national, community and individual levels and the implications for research.