Public health helps improve the health and well-being of people in the local communities and across the globe via adequate education strategy, health promotion strategy and research into primary prevention strategy. Healthcare professionals to include those who spend most of their time working with groups, communities and individuals have a role in improvement and reducing inequalities in health e.g. teachers, local business leaders, managers, social workers, transport engineers, housing officers, other local government staff and the voluntary sector, as well as doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
As public health professional and wider workforce working closely with the community, we monitor the health status of the community, identify health needs, develop programmes to reduce risk and screen for early prevention strategy by working with other health professionals to manage and implement relevant change. Due to the nature of our services, we have access to 100’s of BME communities who are not aware of the already existing health services available for them. We play significant role in reaching out to people who are not in direct contact with health services and refer them on to available sources of advice and support. More importantly, we promote usage where there are no or low usage.
In the drive towards our cause of providing and ensuring access to quality health services for our immediate community, we, at Best Hope, are collaborating with the public help sector to ensure that the quality of life of our community will be at its very best. We will sensitize, promote and educate our communities on getting the optimal services out of the health system in our communities. We endeavour towards:
- Assessing global trends in health care services
- Articulating the options our communities have in the health system and ensuring the public benefit from best practices the system has to offer
- Educating the public about the best practices towards living quality and healthy lives
- Emphasizing policies & ethical standards of health care provision
At Best Hope CIC, we ensure that our services are accessible to all genre and categories of the members of our community, regardless of backgrounds or origin. Faced with the challenge of delivering services through our partnership and collaboration with fellow agencies, major health care providers, non-profit organisations, charities as well as government agencies, we will strive to ensure that our passion for battling inequalities in the health care system and ensure that we bring quality healthcare to your doorstep.
Public Health Education & Health Promotion:
Promoting health and well-being of the local populace identifies with the following 10 key area of public health practice;
- Surveillance and assessment of the population’s health and well-being
- Promoting and protecting the population’s health and well-being
- Developing quality and risk management within an evaluative culture
- Collaborative working for health
- Developing health programmes and services, and reducing inequalities
- Policy and strategy development and implementation
- Working with and for communities
- Strategic leadership for health
- Research and development
- Ethically managing self, people and resources
We are collaborating with public health sector to promote access to their services with the aim of tackling inequalities in health and to improve health outcome. Of key importance is to identify strategies to find and support people from disadvantaged groups, particularly from the BME communities, so as to increase equal access to already existing services. It’s however important to deal with the underlying barrier affecting certain disadvantaged communities in our aim to encourage positive change in service provision.
Active Lifestyle and Stop Smoking:
Active lifestyle and smoking is a major contributor to health inequalities and providing cessation services in different setting appeared to improve access. We raise awareness to educate the public of tools and services available to live active lifestyle and stop smoking. Best Hope volunteers worked in collaboration with NHS (CHCP) team to educate, encourage and motivate people to use already existing health services, live and healthy lifestyle; to encourage smoking cessation. It was a huge success as our activities identify with CHCP Health Objectives and contributes to the improvements in Public Health of the communities of Hull and East Riding.
Mental Health Promotion:
Hull’s Clinical commissioning Group Committee (CCGC) as part of Equality Objectives have approved the need to improve the information we provide on mental health services available in the city, in particular for BME communities and young people. Appropriate access to available mental health services for a diverse population requires more than simply providing the service. We must however not underestimate the need to tackle some of the underlying problems associated with stigma and discrimination in other to promote mental health and improve access. In general, many people with mental health problems face issues such as stigma, finding or staying in employment and housing and fear of rejection by friends and family. This can be particularly true for people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities. We are networking with NHS Mental Health and Smoking Cessation Team, ABL Health, Cruse Bereavement Care (Hull PCT Single Point of Access), Humberside Police, Hull City Council, Independent Complaint Advocacy Service (ICAS), WISE, Job Centre Plus, Employers, Training Providers and members of the general public to determine gap in provision and how to improve access to already available services.
Sexual Health Promotion:
Sexual health is an essential part of overall health and well-being. Sexual health is one of the key health improving priorities. The national strategy emphasises work towards achieving better prevention, services and commissioning. Service effectiveness requires allocative (open) or strategic (formal) planning. Nationally young people from BME communities are disproportionately represented in the groups of young people who are at risk of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Strategy should consider combined intervention for optimal delivery. A key tool to planning, design and evaluation of sexual health services should value equity, collaborative working, user involvement, evidence based practices, choice, challenging stigma and reputation. Improving access to information and service provision for BME young people is a systematic method of trying to attain explicit objectives for the future. Engaging and influencing partners locally create an opportunity for service improvement.