The London Health Equity Group has met three times since its inception in August 2020. It is providing leadership and coordination to ensure health equity is central to responding to COVID-19 in this phase of the pandemic and in recovery strategies. It reports to the London Health Board chaired by myself.
The Group has been overseeing the development of surveillance indicators for the monitoring and evaluation of health inequalities associated with the impact of COVID-19 and on the determinants of health across London. This will enable decision making that aligns actions to need.
The Group has also been supporting collaboration and action within London’s five Integrated Care Systems to understand and support their work addressing disparities in health outcomes from COVID-19 in their population that were highlighted in PHE’s national report on health disparities from the first phase of the pandemic.