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Clinical and public health science research

Health varies depending on countless societal factors, including poor housing and discrimination. Appropriate preventive and curative health services should help, but in practice measures to improve population health often actually increase health inequality. Our work focuses on finding the causes for this and possible cures. We also look at barriers to accessing health care and ways to overcome them.

Our team members have diverse professional and academic backgrounds with close ties to many external partners, locally and nationally. We work collaboratively in some key areas of inequality, including age, gender, class, ethnicity and disability. For example, some of South Yorkshire’s ethnic minority communities and have been involved with projects examining

  • TB prevention and management in Sheffield’s Somali community
  • mental health projects in schools
  • the development of a smoke-free-homes service in Rotherham

Groups representing older people have collaborated on projects related to fuel poverty, cold weather and health. We have also been involved in national projects, such as a review of inequalities in health for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

We have a portfolio of successful research, funded by prestigious national bodies such as the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Joseph Rowntree Foundation, as well as applied studies funded by local partners. A key project involves working with the National Institute for Health Research Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for South Yorkshire (CLAHRC-SY) looking at health inequalities and healthy weight.

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