The role of community assets in improving health + well-being In later life
|Starts:||14:00 9 Jun 2017|
|Ends:||16:00 9 Jun 2017|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Faculty of Humanities|
|Speaker:||Prof Matt Sutton, Bernadette Elder, Dr. Luke Munford, Prof Matt Sutton|
Policymakers across the world are becoming increasingly interested in improving health and well-being by creating a more inclusive community-based society.
In 2010, the UK government stressed the need for a ‘Big Society'; one where individuals engage more with the facilities in their local community.
The aim was to reduce inequalities and improve health and well-being, with a focus on localism, devolution, volunteerism and social enterprise.
One important aspect of the Big Society were ‘Community Assets’. A community asset is: “…the collective resources which individuals and communities have
at their disposal, which protect against negative health outcomes and promote health status”.
Examples of community assets include charity, voluntary or community groups.
These community assets can lead to an increase in social inclusion and a decrease in loneliness, which have both been associated with better health.
In this afternoon of short talks we will hear the academic theory and evidence which supports a community asset approach, alongside some real examples of where this is taking place in Salford. We will finish by presenting evidence, based on the CLASSIC cohort, on the effectiveness of community assets at improving health and well-being, and leading to a net societal benefit.
Prof Matt Sutton – Professor of Health Economics, University of Manchester
Prof Pete Bower – Professor of Health Services Research, University of Manchester
Bernadette Elder – Chief Executive Officer of Inspiring Communities Together
Dr. Luke Munford – Research Fellow in Health Economics, University of Manchester
Prof Matt Sutton
Role: Professor of Health Economics, University of Manchester
Role: Chief Executive Officer of Inspiring Communities Together
Dr. Luke Munford
Role: Research Fellow in Health Economics, University of Manchester
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