New strategy puts focus on tackling health inequalities

A new five-year plan has been developed to reduce health inequalities and improve the health of people who live and work in the district.

Uttlesford is a popular place to live, work and enjoy leisure time but unfortunately there are some differences in health outcomes between groups of people and communities.

The Uttlesford Health & Wellbeing Board has developed the new strategy to tackle these inequalities. It sets out five key areas where the Board feel they can make most impact by working together:

1.     Improve and support mental wellbeing

2.     Enable people to live healthy, active lifestyles throughout their lives

3.     Build healthy, resilient, active communities

4.     Alleviate pressures associated with increased costs of living

5.     Improve access to services and facilities

Each priority will have specific areas of focus and action plan, which will be determined by the Board and published at a later date.

Cllr Maggie Sutton, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Health, said: "I am pleased we have an updated strategy for the district, which is adopted by the council but is agreed and developed with other members of the Health and Wellbeing Board.

"The pandemic has presented many new challenges for our communities and this is an opportunity to re-focus and target our work where it is most needed. By working together, we can make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of residents."

The Uttlesford Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2023-28 was approved by Uttlesford District Council's Cabinet on 1 December. The document can be viewed with the agenda papers.

7 December 2022