Ethnicity and Health Unit

We exist to apply an evidence-based approach to addressing health inequality

Why is it important?


Health inequality is a complex and pressing public health challenge.

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into even sharper focus the health inequalities affecting the UK’s ethnic minority communities. These issues existed previously but the pandemic has exacerbated and highlighted them. A similar story emerges around common health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Much more evidence is required to fully understand and address these inequalities. We employ the best research design and methodology to enhance the scientific evidence which can inform policy, practice, and decision-making for a more equal world.


What do we hope to achieve?

  • To convene a community of researchers focused on understanding health issues relevant to ethnic minority communities.

  • To create opportunities for ethnically diverse individuals to progress in academia and education through scholarships and mentoring.

  • To produce data and intelligence to enhance the evidence base on health inequalities in ethnic minority communities.

  • To support policy, practice and strategy which would enable equity in health and healthcare across ethnic minority communities.

What is the benefit?

  • Reduce variation in quality of care received

  • Improve access to the NHS services

  • Improve care experience, quality of life

  • Promote equality

Ethnicity and Health Unit News and Events

Publications and Relevant Documents

  1. Ethnicity and Health, Postnote, Parliamentary Office Science and Technology, UK Parliament: https://www.parliament.uk/globalassets/documents/post/postpn276.pdf

  1. Medical Workforce Race Equality Standard (MWRES) WRES indicators for the medical workforce 2020:
    https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/MWRES-DIGITAL-2020_FINAL.pdf

  1. London Workforce Race Strategy Race equality. A better NHS for us all. Executive Summary: https://mcusercontent.com/ec5dea9536bde16d5a3153530/files/697d8cc5-cf5d-479f-ab8f-73567888b16d/LWRSES.pdf

  1. Now is the time for radical action on racial health inequalities:
    DOI:
    https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o424

  1. Equality and diversity in health governance systems: are we getting it right and are there lessons from COVID-19?
    DOI:
    https//doi.org/10.4997/JRCPE.2021.421

  1. Re-thinking the inclusion of race in British hypertension guidance:
    https://doi.org/10.1038/s41371-021-00601-9

  1. Now is the time for radical action on racial health inequalities:
    DOI:
    https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o424

  1. Tackling racism in UK health research:
    DOI:
    https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj-2021-065574

  1. Racial and ethnic health disparities in healthcare settings:
    DOI:
    https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n605

  1. Playing hide and seek with structural racism:
    DOI:
    https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n988

  1. 'We weren't checked in on, nobody spoke to us': An exploratory qualitative analysis of two focus groups on the concerns of ethnic minority NHS staff during COVID-19:
    DOI:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-053396

  1. Bereavement care for ethnic minority communities: A systematic review of access to, models of, outcomes from, and satisfaction with, service provision:
    DOI:
    https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0252188

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