AYPH’s Health Inequalities Programme
We aim to shine a light on health inequalities experienced by young people, bringing together existing evidence and data, raising the profile of the issue and providing a channel for advocacy.
The team will draw on the knowledge of experts in the field, aiming to align stakeholders behind common policy calls to improve health outcomes for all young people.
The programme will be linked to the wider work of the Health Foundation, including collaboration with four other policy fellows exploring high quality work, types of work, economic insecurity, and transport options for young people.
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Compilation of data on young people’s health inequalities
We’ve added 40+ charts onto our youth health data hub, which relate specifically to young people’s health inequalities. The data are divided into three sections: drivers of inequality, levers for action and health outcomes. This is the first time data on health inequalities of 10-25 year olds have been combined in one easily accessible place. The data show worrying trends and areas of concern, particularly relating to obesity, sexual health and oral health. You can read more about our analysis of the data in this blog post we published on the Health Foundation’s website.
Position statement on young people’s health inequalities
YPHP have developed a position statement on young people’s health inequalities. We believe that any efforts to reduce health inequalities must involve concerted efforts to prevent and reduce inequality in health outcomes and social determinants for young people aged 10-25. Our statement provides data on differences in health, direct experiences of young people from the NHS Youth Forum and examples of best practice from across our organisations.
Guidance on how to talk about young people’s health inequalities
In 2021 we ran a survey with stakeholders to find out more about the language they use to describe health inequalities. We also spoke to young people about preferred communication and the language they’d like to see in practice. We found that professionals use terms such as “vulnerable” and “at risk”, but young people don’t often define themselves in these ways. You can read the findings in our report ‘Language matters: how to talk about health inequalities in the context of young people‘. We also produced a one page guidance poster to present the main findings and top tips from young people. You can read more about the work in two blog posts, one on the general report findings and the other looking specifically at the usefulness of protected characteristics and inclusion health groups as useful frameworks for identifying young people who are more likely to experience health inequalities.
This briefing paper provides a definition for health inequalities that is specific to young people and a conceptual framework to help us identify causes and levers that influence health outcomes. We know that adolescence is a defining period for young people’s health, when inequalities between individuals and groups can become established and embedded, yet there is not enough focus within research, policy and practice on young people’s experiences of health inequalities. In highlighting the levers through which the “social determinants” of health are translated into divergent health outcomes, we hope to highlight opportunities for guidance and resources to improve young people’s health.
Inequalities in Health Alliance
We’ve joined 140 other organisations in becoming a member of the Inequalities in Health Alliance (IHA), convened by the Royal College of Physicians. The coalition is campaigning for an urgent reduction in health inequalities, calling for UK Government to:
- Develop a cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities
- Commence the socio-economic duty, section 1 of the Equality Act 2010
- Adopt a ‘child health in all policies’ approach.
Advancing young people’s health
By becoming a member, you can join with others working in the field to learn, share knowledge and get support.
Advocating for young people’s health
If you would like to work with us to support young people’s health and ensure all young people achieve the best possible health outcomes, get in touch.
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