Tackling health inequality in Scotland

Tackling health inequality in Scotland

Message Matters is delighted to continue working with the Health Foundation, the independent charitable organisation working to improve health in the UK, on the next phase of their work in Scotland on health inequalities. This work will build on the comprehensive review into health inequalities that the Health Foundation undertook earlier in 2023, Leave No-One Behind, which found that life expectancy varies greatly across Scotland. Indeed in the most deprived areas of Scotland, men are dying over 13 years earlier than their peers in the least deprived areas – and women almost a decade earlier.

This second phase of the Health Foundation’s work will run until November 2026 and involves the creation of a new policy and research unit at the University of Strathclyde as part of a major programme of work. The unit will ensure that significant new research and knowledge exchange activities are focused on accelerating efforts to improve health and reduce inequalities in Scotland. The three-year programme will provide greater independent voice and scrutiny in Scottish policy debates with a focus on the socio-economic drivers of ill health. It will work with people from the public, private and third sectors and the wider public to drive the practical action needed to improve health and reduce inequalities in Scotland.

The exciting three year collaboration between the Health Foundation, the University of Strathclyde, Message Matters and other key stakeholders will bring together a substantial skills and knowledge base on tackling inequalities in Scotland, focusing on economic and policy analysis and stakeholder and community engagement and communications.