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Studying health inequalitiesAn applied approach$
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Jonathan Wistow, Tim Blackman, David Byrne, and Gerald Wistow

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305286

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305286.001.0001

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Evidence for public health practice: Health Inequalities National Support Team

Evidence for public health practice: Health Inequalities National Support Team

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(p.155) Seven Evidence for public health practice: Health Inequalities National Support Team
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Studying health inequalities
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Chris Bentley

Peter Counsell

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447305286.003.0007

From 2007 until it was closed down by the Coalition government in 2011 HINST operated on the premise that it is possible to narrow gaps in health outcomes by targeting local policy and action.  This chapter provides practical examples of approaches to reduce health inequalities and effective practice at a local level.  In so doing an insight into issues encountered in developing an applied approach to health inequalities is developed. A ‘Christmas Tree’ diagnostic is unpacked across a series of component principles for commissioning services to reduce health inequalities.  The HINST’s experience suggests that it is possible to narrow gaps in health outcomes based on policy action and that a systematic approach can impact on the range of components that constitute the complex problem that is health inequalities.

Keywords:   effective practice, spearhead areas, population level change, christmas tree diagnostic, policy action

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