University of Strathclyde secures £1.2 Million grant to spearhead health improvement and inequality reduction in Scotland

The University Of Strathclyde

THE University of Strathclyde has been awarded a £1.2 million grant from the Health Foundation for enhancing public health and addressing inequalities.  The Fraser of Allander Institute and the Centre for Health Policy at the University of Strathclyde will jointly lead a new three-year program aimed at improving health and tackling socio-economic inequalities in Scotland.

The grant from the Health Foundation will facilitate comprehensive research and knowledge exchange activities, concentrating efforts on accelerating health improvement and reducing inequalities across the country. The program will actively engage in Scottish policy debates, focusing on the socio-economic determinants of health, and collaborate with stakeholders from the public, private, and third sectors, as well as the wider public, to drive practical actions for positive change.

This collaborative initiative leverages the combined expertise of the Fraser of Allander Institute and the Centre for Health Policy, focusing on economic and policy analysis, stakeholder engagement, and community involvement to address inequalities in Scotland.

The Fraser of Allander Institute, with its proven track record, will play a crucial role in holding policymakers accountable for delivering on commitments. Emma Congreve, Deputy Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde and co-lead for the program, expressed delight in working with the Health Foundation to expedite progress in improving health and reducing inequalities in Scotland. The approach involves enhancing the existing evidence base and ensuring timely dissemination of information to influence informed decision-making in policy and practice.

Kat Smith, Co-Director of the Centre of Health Policy at the University of Strathclyde and co-lead for the program, highlighted the program’s timeliness, addressing the widening health inequalities in Scotland revealed by recent data. The initiative aims to bring evidence, stakeholders, and communities together to instigate meaningful change.

David Finch, Assistant Director at the Health Foundation, expressed pleasure in supporting this exciting three-year collaboration, emphasising the need to tackle the stagnation in Scotland’s health improvements and the lack of progress in addressing health inequalities, particularly affecting the most disadvantaged segments of the population. The program aligns with the broader vision of influencing positive transformation in Scotland’s health landscape.

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