Health & Care

We work on mental and physical health, wellbeing, and social care by producing briefings (including our Better Health briefings), reports and projects.

Race equality collaboratives

Race equity collaboratives

The Race Equality Foundation is leading a set of collaborations to develop an evidence-led narrative and make practical recommendations.

Adapt South Asian Dementia Pathway

This project set out to create a set of online resources of culturally appropriate assessments and interventions which support people from South Asian communities at various stages across the dementia care pathway.

Wellcome

Recording of ethnicity project

A project commissioned by the Wellcome Trust to undertake engagement work with Black, Asian and minority ethnic people, as well as healthcare professionals, to gain a better insight into the collection of data on ethnicity.

Autism and Race Equality

Autism & race equality

The Race Equality Foundation has been commissioned by the London Borough of Camden to work with Black, Asian and minority ethnic autistic people and their families.

Reimagining care

Reimagining care

Race Equality Foundation joins the Archbishops Commission on Reimagining Care to articulate the enduring values & principles underpinning care and caring.

Holding hands

Learning from deaths: Experiences of BAME people with learning disabilities

We are working with partners to achieve change in experiences and outcomes for BAME people with learning disabilities.

Briefings

  • 12May

    Mental Health and Wellbeing Briefing Paper

    We have just published our Mental Health and Wellbeing Briefing Paper. The brief is by Raghu Raghavan and Jessica Jones Nielsen. It examines how Covid-19 has impacted on the mental health and wellbeing of black, Asian and minority ethnic people who research has already identified disparities in their experiences of mental health services and outcomes. “The […]

  • 11May

    Older People Briefing Paper

    We have just published our Older People Briefing Paper. The brief is by Dr Dharmi Kapadia, Lecturer in Sociology, The University of Manchester. It explores the impact of Covid-19 on older people particularly as age has been a predominate risk factor for those affected by Covid-19, and will consider the prevalence of health conditions that black […]

  • 7May

    Long-term Health Conditions Briefing Paper

    Today we published our Long-term Health Conditions briefing paper. The brief is by Jo Moriarty, Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London. It explores the impact of Covid-19 particularly in relation to health inequalities associated with underlying long term health conditions experienced by black, Asian and minority ethnic people including. “while it is clear that we […]

  • 6May

    A review of Personal Health Budgets for people from Black and minority ethnic communities

    This briefing builds on from our previous work where we engaged with people who had Personal Health Budgets, commissioners and voluntary sector organisations. We found a range of barriers faces by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people in receipt of S117 care in trying to access and use PHBs. This included financial exclusion, discrimination and […]

  • 19Mar

    Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS)

    Race Equality Foundation are working in partnership with Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) to document the impact of the pandemic on minority ethnic people in the UK. Unique new survey of the experiences of ethnic and religious minorities in a time of crisis. The UK’s first and largest survey of its kind to […]

  • 25Jan

    Covid Vaccination programme: the need for data to understand take-up by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities

    As with any major public health emergency, the actions taken to address it and limit poor experiences and outcomes are many, sometimes contested and often scrutinised. The current roll out of the vaccines to immunise people and protect them for COVID-19 has also been accompanied by significant circulation of misinformation, with some of it targeted […]

  • 17Jan

    Mental Health Act White Paper

    The Government launched a White Paper on reforming the Mental Health Act on 13th January 2021. It sets out the key proposals and considerations for the government in reforming the Act, addressing the growing use of detention and persistent racial inequalities, as well as taking account of developments in policy and practice on a wider […]

  • 20Nov

    Taking Action to Improve the Health and Wellbeing of BAME Pregnant Women

    Did you know that black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women are up to five times more likely to die during pregnancy and birth than white British women? If you did, do you understand the reasons why? Maternity Action and the Race Equality Foundation ran a webinar to explore why BAME women are at disproportionate […]

  • 16Nov

    Statement on the long awaited reports on deaths of people with learning disabilities from Covid 19

    Statement from the Valuing People’s Alliance Two reports published last week shone a light on the health inequalities that people with learning disabilities face. The papers by Public Health England and the University of Bristol found that, in comparison to the general population, people with learning disabilities were between 3.6 and 6 times more likely […]

  • 4Nov

    Carers Trust Connecting Carers Loneliness Programme

    The Race Equality Foundation is supporting the Carers Trust to help them improve support for carers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will deliver three main activities to improve skills and knowledge to help carers services feel confident and competent in supporting black, Asian and minority ethnic carers.  We will: Produce an evidence-based briefing on black, […]

  • 2Nov

    Covid-19 and how it affects Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and communities

    This publication builds on our March briefing on Covid and how it affects Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and communities. The limits of effective action mean we have had to update and reissue this briefing. We consider the known risks, what can be done to address them, the wider determinants, the knock-on effects on […]

  • 20Oct

    Implementing Personal Health Budgets in BAME communities

    The Race Equality Foundation with NHS England and Improvement are running a series of webinars to help develop better support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities with mental health and support needs. This webinar series will serve as a second phase initiative which aims to further explore and expand on recommendations from the first […]

  • 20Oct

    Children and Young People with Asthma: Understanding Vulnerabilities and Reducing Health Inequalities

    Young People’s Health Partnership are partnering with the Race Equality Foundation and Friends, Families and Travellers on an NHS England funded project to engage with children, young people, and families with asthma, focusing particularly on marginalised groups. The project aims to increase our understanding of the experiences of marginalised children, young people and families affected […]

  • 19Oct

    Dementia Newsletter October 2020

    We are coming to the end of the projects funded under the DHSC Covid-19  dementia programme to deliver a range of support, information, activities and advice  to black, Asian and minority ethnic people living with dementia, their families, and  friends. Read the full newsletter here.

  • 16Oct

    Continuing evidence of disproportionate deaths of Black and Asian pregnant women

    A statement from the Race Equality Foundation and Maternity Action on the publication State of Care report by the Care Quality Commission. The Race Equality Foundation and Maternity Action welcome the attention the CQC have drawn to the persistence of poorer experiences of Black and Asian women who are pregnant, with the significant greater risk […]

  • 1Oct

    Musculoskeletal conditions and Black, Asian and minority ethnic people: addressing health inequalities

    This project was commissioned and funded by Public Health England through the Department of Health and Social Care’s Health and Wellbeing Alliance and was in partnership with Faith Action. It included a literature review, focus groups, qualitative interviews and events to bring together the evidence and promote solutions to the inequalities we found. Musculoskeletal (MSK) […]

  • 22Sep

    Dementia Newsletter September 2020

    The projects funded under the DHSC Covid-19 dementia programme have been progressing well. They have been providing a range of support, information, and advice to black, Asian and minority ethnic people living with dementia, their families, and friends.  Read the full newsletter here.

  • 3Sep

    COVID-19 Translated Materials Resources

    A national resource of written and audio translated materials of the guidance on coronavirus and other information to support those with dementia, their families and carers. The materials have been translated into the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Kurdish, Punjabi, Portuguese, Polish and Somali. Links are included below to translations in more languages on other organisations’ […]

  • 20Aug

    BAME Covid Deaths Task Force Enquiry

    The Covid-19 BAME Evidence Gathering Taskforce, established in June, has published an inquiry into the Covid-19 fatalities in the West Midlands’ BAME community. Drawing on ‘harrowing and distressing’ testimonies and accounts from witnesses, the inquiry reported that ‘perfect storm of factors meant that the West Midlands BAME community was hit hardest – yet the data […]

  • 20Aug

    Dementia Newsletter August 2020

    Better support for black, Asian and minority ethnic people living with dementia during the Covid-19 pandemic Dementia and Covid-19People with dementia are amongst the groups at higher-risk of severe illness from coronavirus and experiencing severe symptoms with Covid-19. Evidence has shown that dementia was the most common pre-existing condition found amongst deaths involving COVID-19, and […]

  • 13Aug

    NHS response to the COVID-19 pandemic

    COVID-19 has brought to light many of the health and wider inequalities that persist within our society. As with nearly every health condition, it has become increasingly clear that COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on many who already face disadvantage and discrimination. NHS England has devised urgent actions to address these health inequalities COVID-19 […]

  • 13Mar

    Mental Health report published

    The Foundation has published a report on the persistent racial disparities in mental health. The work draws on the most recent published research from the last five years together with insights from two events and conversations across the sector. The report covers: Prevalence Access Assessment Treatment Recovery The report also sets out recommendations to health agencies, […]

  • 11Nov

    Call for evidence: Helping People with Severe Mental Illness to Stop Smoking

    The Mental Health Consortium (Association of Mental Health Providers, Centre for Mental Health, and Rethink Mental Illness) with Health and Wellbeing Alliance partners Friends, Families and Travellers, Men’s Health Forum, the National LGB&T Partnership and Race Equality Foundation, have been commissioned to investigate how to best support people severely affected by mental illness to stop smoking. The project, which […]

  • 11Nov

    Call for evidence: Weight Management for People with Severe Mental Illness

    The Mental Health Consortium (Association of Mental Health Providers, Centre for Mental Health, and Rethink Mental Illness) with Health and Wellbeing Alliance partners Men’s Health Forum, the National LGB&T Partnership and Race Equality Foundation, have been commissioned to investigate weight management for people severely affected by mental illness. The project, which is funded by the VCSE Health and Wellbeing […]

  • 26Mar

    Racial Disparities in Mental Health event – 25th March 2019

    This seminar brought together key players in ethnicity and mental health across statutory services, the voluntary sector and service users. It explored how the findings and case studies from our project could be put into practice. Participants heard from experts in field, service users and carers, and practitioners doing specific work with black and minority […]

  • 19Nov

    The Equality Delivery System for the NHS EDS2: Guide to Engagement with the Local Voluntary Sector

    This guide will explore how the local voluntary and community sector can help NHS organisations to engage communities and, by extension, implement EDS2 better. The voluntary and community sector are often well-placed to help NHS organisations. They have links and expertise with specific communities that health services may have difficulties in engaging with. The Equality Delivery System (EDS2) […]

  • 18May

    The importance of promoting mental health in children and young people from black and minority ethnic communities

    This briefing looks at the policy framework for mental health service provision and provides examples of existing practice which promote mental health for black and minority ethnic children and young people. It also highlights the impact of poor or incomplete data on commissioning and provision of mental health services for black and minority ethnic children […]

  • 4Nov

    Overcoming barriers to registering as an organ donor among minority ethnic groups

    This paper explores the reasons for the lower rates of organ donor registration among black and minority ethnic groups by reviewing relevant UK literature and drawing on findings from a community study of the Donation, Ethnicity and Transplantation (DonaTE) Programme. The community study comprised of 22 focus groups drawn from Nigerian, Caribbean, Indian, Pakistani and […]

  • 5Oct

    Addressing ethnic inequalities in maternity service experiences and outcomes: responding to women’s needs and preferences

    This briefing examines the maternity experiences of women from black and minority ethnic communities in the UK, drawing on both qualitative and quantitative research. It sets out to identify barriers that may disadvantage minoritised women and offers suggestions for service improvement, while recognising the great heterogeneity that exists within and between minority ethnic ‘groups’ and […]

  • 26Mar

    Meeting the sheltered and extra care housing needs of black and minority ethnic older people

    Although research into the housing needs of black and minority ethnic elders has made consistent recommendations over the past twenty-four years, these have, at best, been only partly implemented.  With increasing numbers of black and minority ethnic elders, service providers must address their needs, both in the provision of ethnic-specific ‘bricks and mortar’ sheltered accommodation […]

  • 26Mar

    Rural minority ethnic experiences: housing and health

    This briefing examines the experience of black and minority ethnic service users based in rural areas. With most black and minority ethnic groups traditionally based in urban settings, potential barriers to access and use of services consistently emerge in rural contexts, including poor access to advice and information; language and communication difficulties; and lack of […]

Previous projects

Better Health

Better Health

The Better Health project seeks to develop a national evidence-based resource to help health practitioners improve service provisions.


Covid-19 Resources

A national resource of written and audio translated materials of the guidance on coronavirus and other information to support those with dementia, their families and carers.


Blood pressure for African/Caribbean men

Blood pressure testing

Black Caribbean and African men are at high risk of developing high blood pressure. High blood pressure is known as the ‘silent killer’ because often there are no symptoms.


Breast cancer project

Breast cancer project

This project is about improving access to Breast Cancer Screening programmes from groups that are struggling to access them at the moment.


Dementia BAME

Dementia and BAME communities

We were awarded a grant by the Department of Health and Social Care to work with others to support Black, Asian, and minority ethnic people living with dementia and their carers.

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