Lisburn Integrated Care Partnership has been working in collaboration with a wide range of partners ( Lisburn and Castlereagh Council, the Resurgam Trust, the Community Development Health Network and the South Eastern Local Commissioning Group) to understand the role they can play in helping to understand and take action to address the impact of health inequalities for people living in Lisburn.
The Covid pandemic has shone a spotlight on inequality, disproportionally impacting on those living with inequalities while also moving more people into poverty and disadvantage.
However, it has also created an opportunity and impetus for communities, organisations and decision makers to come together to reflect, to listen and to change.
During two online discussions last autumn there was huge commitment to this work from a broad range of public sector and community and voluntary sector agencies, including representatives from Lisburn andCastlereagh City Council, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the South Eastern HSC Trust, Simon Community, the Lisburn and Castlereagh Church and Faith Forum, Sure Start and the Public Health Agency.
Through collaborative discussion and effort there have been a number of steps taken so far;
This work is an opportunity to build on and make best use of the resources, skills and networks which already exist to create a shared understanding of inequalities in Lisburn, while also seeking to optimise collective action to addressing health inequalities and to learn, and share the learning from this progress.