DHIP undertook a community engagement programme to understand community experiences of health inequalities before and during the pandemic, to inform action to improve health outcomes. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods were used to collect and share the voices of people who have experienced unfair and avoidable differences in health. Local community leaders were trained and supported to carry out the research with local community groups.
The discussions highlighted opinions and concerns about the following main topics: health issues, community, health services, health behaviours, information, service issues and the need for action.
Recommendations were made based on the findings and will be used to develop and shape local action plans, in partnership with the community and local health providers.