The Derby Health Inequalities Partnership (DHIP) was started in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which shone a light on inequalities in the city and on the good work and potential of communities to respond to this challenge.
DHIP is a co-led, joint initiative between Derby City Council (Public Health) and Community Action Derby, working together with community organisations and leaders to help achieve better health outcomes in the city.
Initial meetings identified three themes for development work:
Community consultation and engagement to understand what health issues are most important within our communities
Health promotion/education: supporting the development of knowledge, skills and confidence in health issues
An advisory function to health services and providers to improve their offer for our communities and holding to account for actions following that advice.
Membership of DHIP is open to groups or community organisations who want to help to improve health and wellbeing and tackle health inequalities in Derby's communities.
As a member you are welcome to attend all DHIP meetings (up to six meetings annually) representing your community around health and wellbeing issues and feeding back on specific issues to your community. You will receive regular updates about DHIP activity via email and will be part of a shared space for discussion, decision-making and actions to improve health outcomes.
'Health Inequalities have had a detrimental effect on our Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Communities for many years which has been further exacerbated by Covid-19. DHIP is actively working to address health inequalities identified through our consultation with the view to improve health and wellbeing.
We recognise community buy-in is essential for DHIP to achieve its objectives through true co-design and co-production between statutory partners, services and the community at every key stage. A foundation for change has now been set at ALL levels, this must be built upon.’
Amjad Ashraf, one of the chairs of DHIP and a representative from Community Action Derby
What do we do?
DHIP aims to actively support communities to get involved and shape the local health system so that it understands the barriers people face and tries to address them.
If you would like to become a DHIP member please click the button below to email us, stating which communities you represent.
How do we do it?
DHIP works with Community Connectors and its wider membership to create a space for conversations and joint action planning.
DHIP is represented on the Derby Health and Wellbeing Board, a statutory body which agrees health priorities.