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Consultation: health and wellbeing strategy for Hertfordshire

posted 8 May 2012, 12:27 by Unknown user
With well performing schools, a strong underlying economy, low crime levels, and good access to health and social care most people living in Hertfordshire can expect to enjoy relatively high levels of health and wellbeing. 

However, significant health and wellbeing challenges remain in Hertfordshire. The most economically deprived quarter of the Hertfordshire population die on average five years earlier than the least economically deprived. The underlying reasons for this are numerous, but this 
gap shows there are significant areas we need to focus on, to help as many people as possible in Hertfordshire live equally healthy and fulfilling lives. 

The Health and Wellbeing Board is a new partnership which will deliver real improvements in people’s health and wellbeing. With representatives from health, councils and the Hertfordshire Local Involvement Network (LINk), the Board will work across organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Hertfordshire. The Board wants to focus on the areas where working together in new ways will have the largest impact on people’s health and wellbeing. The health and wellbeing strategy for Hertfordshire is a plan which will set out how the Board will help as many people as possible in Hertfordshire live equally healthy and fulfilling lives. The board has made a start in identifying the main areas they think should focus on in this plan, but they want to know what you think before we develop the strategy any further. 

In summary (the full document is attached below) the priority areas have been identified as:
  1. Tackling obesity 
  2. Reducing smoking 
  3. Managing long term conditions to reduce the use of emergency care
  4. Supporting family carers
  5. Promoting good mental health including helping people live well with Dementia 
  6. Helping families facing multiple problems to thrive 
  7. Reducing the harm caused by drugs and alcohol 
  8. Fulfilling lives for people with a learning disability
The Health and Wellbeing Board have explained why and how they've chosen these initial priority areas for the health and wellbeing strategy, and they want to hear from the residents of Hertfordshire what you think about the way we’ve chosen them, and if you think they should include anything else. We’d like to hear from individuals, groups and organisations. 
  • Do you agree with the board's approach? Have they considered the right factors? 
  • Do you think the board should be including other priority areas? They've looked at a lot of different areas, but perhaps you think the board should be looking at other ones – or thinking about them differently. 
You will be able to find a list of events in your area, more information about the priority areas, and an online questionnaire to fill in at Your response needs to be received by 16th July 2012. 

Alternatively get in touch with Henry Goldberg from the residents association and we will feed back for you. You can e-mail or leave hum a message on 01923 537637.

Unknown user,
8 May 2012, 12:27