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Connecting Health Communities

Connecting Health Communities

In partnership with: National Lottery Community Fund, NHS England, NHS Improvement

Topline timings: 2021- 2024


We are providing facilitation support for cross-sector groups to kick-start or sustain partnerships that deliver improved health outcomes for vulnerable groups, reducing the health inequalities they face.


We’ve been supporting cross-sector partnerships to deliver improved health outcomes for 15 years – most recently through Building health partnerships and Transforming healthcare together.


Through our Connecting health communities initiative, we will support eight partnerships over 3 years – in two waves of 18 months each.


We will also provide six one-off facilitated workshops and two peer learning events each year of this three-year initiative.


We have four high-level aspirations:

  1. People with experience of health inequality are meaningfully involved in the co-design and co-production of health and care in and for their communities.
  2. People and communities with experience of health inequality are trusted partners in decision-making about their health and wellbeing.
  3. Activities that help people stay well and healthy happen in spaces and ways that communities feel ownership of.
  4. Voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations are recognised, valued and resourced to connect people in communities with each other for their health and wellbeing.


Connecting health communities is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund; and supported by an advisory group with representation from NHS England and Improvement, people with experience of cross-sector partnership working and people who support those experiencing health inequalities.

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