Reducing Inequalities in Communities (RIC)
Across Bradford district and Craven, there are significant health inequalities in communities and the gap in how long people will live is stark. People in the most deprived areas of our district are living with more ill health and dying earlier.
Our Reducing Inequalities in Communities (RIC) programme is a movement of people and projects who are working together to reduce health inequalities and close the health gap in central Bradford; so everyone can live healthier, happier and longer lives.
The health gap
Starting in the least deprived area, Wharfedale, life expectancy is 87 years for women and 84 years for men. Moving into central Bradford, this dramatically reduces. In the most deprived area, Manningham, people’s life expectancy here is around 10 years less than Wharfedale. Take a look at the life expectancy information which shows this gap.
But it’s not just about how long people live, it’s how well they live too. If we take away the time people are living with poor mental wellbeing and ill health – we get what is known as healthy life expectancy. And the gap gets bigger – people living in Manningham have 20 years less healthy life than those in Wharfedale. Take a look at the graphic below which shows this gap.
Population health management approach
The RIC programme follows a population health management framework, using data and knowledge about our local communities to see where there are the greatest inequalities. It involves identifying groups of people at risk of ill health and then focusing on what can be done to prevent it or help them to manage it.
The RIC programme is made up of a range of projects which will help improve people’s health and tackle inequalities at different stages of life. Each project is made up of organisations and partners who are working in communities, who understand the health inequalities people face and who are committed to tackling these. Take a look at the RIC projects at each stage of life below.
Bradford Inequalities Research Unit
The RIC programme is an important step for us in our work to reduce health inequalities. We need to be sure that what we do makes a real difference to our population.
In collaboration with Born in Bradford (BiB), the University of York and Queen Mary University of London, we’ve created the Bradford Inequalities Research Unit (BIRU). BIRU helps us to:
- understand the causes of ill health and inequalities in central Bradford
- identify areas to prioritise
- build an evidence base of what works
As part of this approach, BIRU is also exploring ‘community readiness’ in different projects to make sure interventions are as effective as possible.