Health is a good measure of social and economic progress…
When a society has large social and economic inequalities there are large inequalities in health.
Since 2010, the most deprived communities in England have experienced a drop in healthy life expectancy.
Build Back Fairer is a phrase coined by Sir Michael Marmot – publisher of the Marmot review on inequalities. Marmot says that "Health is a good measure of social and economic progress… When a society has large social and economic inequalities there are large inequalities in health."
Oxford is well known for its inequality gap – particularly the 15 years a male loses in life expectancy in 15 bus stops on the number 5 bus.
But each district, town, or village may hold areas of hidden inequalities, or may experience different inequalities driven by rural isolation different potential outcomes on health such as access to services.
Healthy Place Shaping means reducing the barriers some people face in accessing healthier choices - be they physical, cultural, social, or economic.
Questions to consider:
How will this take action to reduce inequalities, and their impact?
How will this make it easier for all to make healthier choices by addressing the barriers created by social and economic inequalities that result in large inequalities in health?
How will you ensure that all can benefit from the impact of this by removing barriers to access for those facing inequalities?
How will you observe and act on any unintended consequences this action?