Covid-19 disproportionately affects BAME communities

Recent government and health reports have highlighted that Covid-19 is disproportionately affecting the health and wellbeing of people from the BAME communities.

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What can we do?

Transforming Communities Together is delighted to be working with Dudley Council’s Public Health and Cornerstone Community Church, to plan and deliver these sessions to help BAME communities live longer, safe and healthier lives.

Our Black Country Near Neighbours and Just Finance Black Country teams have been using their networks to share these details in as wide a range of networks and communities as possible.

They are also speaking at the seminars and helping with the online logistics.

The seminars give an opportunity to learn more about the reasons why and to get key health information, by listening to and putting questions to experts about your health, care and wellbeing.

Session 1 - A focus on individuals, groups, community – key Public Health Messages

See https://www.cornerstone-cogop.org.uk/friday-focus-webinars for more information.

Session 2 - A focus on Diabetes/Obesity and working towards a healthier lifestyle, alcohol, smoking

See https://www.cornerstone-cogop.org.uk/friday-focus-webinars for more information.

Session 3 - A focus on respiratory and heart conditions (e.g. asthma, COPD, CHD), chronic kidney disease and keeping active

See https://www.cornerstone-cogop.org.uk/friday-focus-webinars for more information.

Session 4 - A focus on Mental Health

See https://www.cornerstone-cogop.org.uk/friday-focus-webinars for more information.

Session 5: A focus on community engagement and involvement – Life in the new normal

See https://www.cornerstone-cogop.org.uk/friday-focus-webinars for more information.

The sessions were streamed live on Zoom and come in the light of government and public health reports that people from BAME communities have suffered disproportionately during the coronavirus pandemic.

They give people from BAME communities, employers, health and care professionals, carers and volunteers an opportunity to listen to and put questions to experts about their health and wellbeing.

Bal Kaur, acting director of public health, said:

The coronavirus has had a disproportionate impact in BAME communities.
These seminars will provide an opportunity to explore information coming out of the lockdown from public health, NHS and community specialists.
We want to provide information, advice and guidance so that our BAME communities feel reassured.

Jacqui Demirovksa, Minister at Cornerstone Community Church said:

It is such an important time to engage with the BAME communities, individuals and families. Facing the challenges together we welcome the time to listen, talk and think about what more is needed to keep safe and well.
These seminars provide an opportunity to share concerns, engage together and make a difference as a community.

James Henderson, Senior Development Worker at Transforming Communities Together said:

At TCT, we want to see all people and communities thrive and flourish. We have been concerned to see that evidence that Covid-19 is disproportionately affecting the health and wellbeing of people from the BAME communities and so we're delighted to be partnering with Public Health and Cornerstone Community Church to share an empowering way for people to explore more about this complex issue.

Published 4th July 2020 | Updated 31st July 2020