Jun 04, 2019
We’ve started an international learning partnership with research institute Arnhold Institute for Global Health in the US comparing efforts to improve health in two urban settings - Lambeth and Southwark here in London and East Harlem in New York.
The four-month partnership will scope common areas of interest through shared projects focused on multiple long-term conditions. A comparative data project will examine patterns in the data on chronic conditions from both locations. A second project will combine insights from both places on best practices in helping people adhere to their care plan. These projects will help build our knowledge on how living in cities affects people’s health.
Complementary to our approach tackling health through the lens of place, the Institute’s mission is to strengthen community health systems, working in partnership with practitioners. It links large complex systems with the needs of the community, focusing on three areas that are essential to strengthening community health: technology, care design, and training.
“We share many parallels with the Arnhold Institute’s work in New York. East Harlem has similar demographics to the neighbourhoods where we focus in London, and both organisations explore the complex interaction of urban environments and health inequalities” said our Chief Executive, Kieron Boyle.
“Across both locations, there is already a common picture emerging around multiple long-term conditions. As we saw in our own research in South London, this is not just an issue of old age and those living in the most deprived areas are developing conditions earlier than those living in the least. By working in partnership, we want to find ideas that can accelerate our respective efforts, as well as generate learnings for those facing similar challenges elsewhere.”
Sandeep Kishore, Founding Director of the Chronic Disease Action Center at Arnhold Institute for Global Health said: “While health systems in the United States and the United Kingdom are structured differently, there are more similarities than differences regarding multiple long-term conditions among vulnerable populations. Our partnership aims to facilitate new models of learning to better serve our populations, including deepening our understanding of the problem from multiple perspectives."
We plan to publish learnings from the partnership, including analysis of patterns in the data on chronic conditions looking at factors like time and socioeconomic predictors, as well as insights on adherence to care plans focused on technology-based solutions and patient engagement.
The partnership is a new approach for both organisations and we’ll seek opportunities to share what we learn. This kicks off with Sandeep and Erica Levine, Associate Director of the Chronic Disease Action Center, speaking about the project at our upcoming joint event with The King’s Fund on improving health in urban areas.
Ahead of the event, Erica will visit some of our Neighbourhood Schemes in South London to see how we’re driving change within a small geography, testing whole-system solutions to health challenges facing urban areas. Alongside other international experts speaking at the event, she will visit our neighbourhood schemes in Walworth and Faraday in Southwark and our Waterloo Neighbourhood Scheme in Lambeth.
As an urban health foundation, we explore how living in cities impacts on people’s health and wellbeing. Find out more about how we’re building our knowledge on urban health.
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