Working together to reduce health inequalities in the Marmot City of Coventry
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Working together to reduce health inequalities in the Marmot City of Coventry

Georgia Faherty Programme manager in health inequalities, Coventry City Council, Coventry, West Midlands, England
Liz Gaulton Deputy director public health, Coventry City Council, Coventry, West Midlands, England

In 2013, organisations across the city of Coventry committed to work together to reduce differences in health outcomes between the most affluent and most deprived areas of the city. Coventry was one of seven cities in the UK to become a Marmot City and received national expertise and support to reduce health inequalities. Coventry City Council and other public and voluntary sector organisations delivered projects and interventions, and designed new ways of working to rapidly improve health inequalities.

Since Coventry became a Marmot City, the life expectancy gap between the most affluent and most deprived has narrowed. Educational development, health outcomes, life satisfaction and employment have improved, while crime in priority locations has reduced.

Organisations in Coventry, including businesses, continue to work together as part of a Marmot City. Future priorities include building resilience in young people and ensuring that economic growth in Coventry benefits the most disadvantaged residents.

Primary Health Care. 27, 2, 26-29. doi: 10.7748/phc.2017.e1209

Correspondence

georgia.faherty@coventry.gov.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 30 August 2016

Accepted: 18 October 2016

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