Midlands Innovation Health will lead a Policy Commission, sponsored by the Midlands Engine, to form the centre piece of a programme of activity to increase understanding of issues surrounding health inequalities in the Midlands and the ability of the region to respond to them.

Initial investigations have highlighted the current need to investigate the indirect impacts of COVID-19 specific to the Midlands (e.g. via deprivation, ethnicity and age).

It will focus upon tackling the indirect and long-term impacts of the pandemic, specifically where they are compounded by deprivation and ethnic health over the life course of the Midlands population.

Commission Ambitions 

1. Identify specific challenges that Midlands institutions can tackle collaboratively and with the wider community
2. Articulate challenges and barriers that must be addressed through national interventions, creating recommendations to advocate for solutions
3. Identify and make recommendations to address regional disparity
4. Create advocates for Health Inequalities;
5. Raise the region’s profile

Leading the Commission

Lord Victor Adebowale
Chair of NHS Confederation
Professor Kamlesh Khunti
Director of the Centre for
Ethnic Health Research

Scientific Lead
Lord Adebowale Prof Kamlesh Khunti

Lord Adebowale and Professor Khunti will lead a expert pool of Commmissioners to deliver this important work. The Commissioners have been drawn from across the sector and represent a wide range of roles and stakeholder organisations, including the NHS, industry, academia, charities and local/national government.

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