express briefing @ 8, 25 January 2012
Improving the Health of Sandwell
Health Inequalities can be defined as the "avoidable differences in health, wellbeing and lenght of life". The Marmot review Fair Society, Healthy Lives showed that these inequalities in health are still prevalent in our society and are associated with deprivation.
This report is particularly pertinent to Sandwell, the 12th most deprived local authority in England. For instance, life expectancy in Sandwell is 3.4 years less for men and 1.6 years less for women than in England.
Another measure of the health of a population is the disability free life expectancy, how long people can expect to live without a long term illness or disability. For Sandwell this shows that as well as not living as long as in the rest of England, people in Sandwell tend to spend more of their lives ill and with a disability.
To know more about health in Sandwell, please visit the dedicated Health pages in Sandwell Trends.
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