Health and Social Strategy

Reducing health inequalities in Edinburgh

Health inequality in Edinburgh is one of the most serious results of social and economic inequalities. Health inequality means shorter lives and more disability and illness for those who are amongst the poorest or most vulnerable.

The Health Inequalities Standing Group (HISG)

The Edinburgh Partnership is committed to reducing health inequalities in the city and the HISG has the lead responsibility to achieve this.  The Group has developed an Integrated Framework and Action Plan to Tackle Health Inequalities 2013 – 2016.

The framework aims to reduce the gap between the most advantaged and disadvantaged whilst improving the health of all residents.

The action plan targets preventive actions, including urgent attention to current risks such as the impact of welfare reform on the health of high risk groups. You can download the framework and the action plan below.

Grants are available each year. 

Health Inequality Seminars

A series of seminars which focus on various aspects of health inequalities is offered each year. The series is funded by NHS Lothian Health Promotion Service, and planned by NHS, Council and third sector representatives. Seminars are free, and offered to both professionals and interested service users in Edinburgh and the wider Lothian area

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