Community Insights

The Health Equality Partnership is a new initiative supported by Community Action Network that aims to gain insight and data through a health research and engagement program. This exciting 6 month project which started in June is commission by Public Health Dorset and NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), to gather community insights and identify any areas of hidden inequality that people with enduring mental ill health and learning disabilities face across Dorset.

We are working in partnership with Dorset Community Action and Dorset Race Equality Council on this initiative. We want to understand more fully the views of those enduring mental ill health and learning disabilities using health services, the challenges they face, and their overall experiences. These individuals often fare poorly in terms of general health and life expectancy when compared to the rest of the population.

Community Action Network would like to invite all organisations who provide community support to those population groups to help us with this project.

By working together:

  • Provide a gateway to participants who are not normally approached to take part in these type of engagement projects.
  • Have an increased understanding of health inequalities across Dorset and the barriers that exist for them to access mainstream health services.
  • Develop realistic approaches, recommendations and solutions to tackle them. 

How you can help

If you are a community group or voluntary sector organisation who currently supports people with enduring mental ill health or learning disabilities, we would like to capture the voluntary sector's perspective around health inequalities and any solutions you may have by taking part in our community insights survey on the link below.

VCSE Organisations - Health Inequalities Insights Survey

We would also like to hear from your service users around their experiences when accessing healthcare, if you would like to arrange a focus group engagement session or interview, please get in touch with our Project Officer. His details can be found below.

Get in touch

To find out more on how you can help and get involved, please email our Research and Engagement Project Officer - Andrew Robertson: [email protected]