This Health Inequalities Intervention Toolkit is developed jointly by the Association of Public Health Observatories and the Department of Health. The toolkit focuses on improving life expectancy and infant mortality rates, especially in disadvantaged areas. Based on local authority boundaries, it is designed to assist evidence-based local service planning and commissioning, including Joint Strategic Needs Assessments.
The Toolkit does this by providing information on the diseases, which are causing low life expectancy in individual areas, enabling good local priority setting. The Toolkit was originally designed to support achievement of the national Public Service Agreement target to: ´Reduce health inequalities by 10 by 2010 as measured by infant mortality and life expectancy at birth.´ Although the PSA target has now ended, the Toolkit should still be useful to the NHS and local government, supporting planning to narrow inequalities in life expectancy and infant mortality
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