This research aims to build a working group between SPHR researchers to address outstanding research questions on the broader health and economic impacts of welfare rights advice.
June 2018 - May 2019
Integrating attention to ethnicity and migration within applied public health and health inequalities research
Research Team: Professor Sarah Salway, Dr Dan Holman, Dr Lois Orton, Professor Clare Bambra, Dr Vicki McGowan, Dr Louise Lafortune, Dr Caroline Lee, Dr Matt Egan, Dr Sarah Milton, Professor Yoav Ben-Shlomo & Professor Sonia Saxena
Who's involved: University of Sheffield, Fuse, Imperial College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Cambridge, LiLaC & University of Bristol
June 2017 - May 2018
The diversity of the English population continues to grow in terms of both the range of ethnic identities and the proportion of the population identifying as non-White British, which was around 20% in the 2011 census. Net migration reached its highest recorded levels in the UK in 2015, and around 13% of the registered population of England in the 2011 census were born outside the UK.
Public health evidence and practice should reflect the needs of this diverse population. This project’s goal is to begin to redress the marginalisation of race/ethnicity and migration within public health intervention and health inequalities research in England.
A series of complementary activities focused on the situation in England at local and national levels will (i) assess current data availability and opportunities for improvement; (ii) map current understanding of health needs and health inequalities linked to migration status and ethnic identity; (iii) identify capacity development needs among public health researchers and practitioners to generate and apply evidence in this area; and (iv) build partnerships across research, policy/practice and the public.
The project will also lay the foundations for future work to strengthen data availability and analytical approaches and expand the volume of high quality applied public health research that appropriately considers race/ethnicity and migration.
The work will be informed by close collaboration with local public health practitioners and Public Health England (Health Equity Unit, Travel & Migrant Health and Knowledge & Intelligence teams) and involve face-to-face learning events for stakeholder groups.