Finding fairhealth by hitting front line objectives whilst making a population health impact

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An interview with Professor Chris Bentley

Chris is an independent public health consultant who has worked abroad and overseas. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience on reducing health inequalities nationally and at a local level

You can find any of the episodes by searching for ‘finding fairhealth’ on most podcast apps on your phone.

Show Notes

I could have talked to Chris Bentley all day when we met up to about health inequalities. He has so much to say on the topic and I feel we only really just got started. It was so evident from our discussion that he has made it his life work to try and reduce health inequalities at a population level. I really enjoyed our chat out at his home in the rural peak district. If you listen carefully you can even hear the birds at one point.

Chris tells us why he likens talking about health inequalities to saying grace. He gives us an overview on what has being going on nationally to tackle health inequalities. He also discusses an intervention he came up with called the population intervention triangle which looks at how services, community and civic based interventions interact around place-based approaches.  We discuss in more detail an aspect of this triangle of how services and community can work better together. One of example of this being primary care networks. We discussed how he almost prefers the word mitigation when talking about prevention and we talk about realistic ways of achieving population health and the barriers that stand in our way in achieving this. Chris also gives me his favourite outcome measure that he uses to look at levels of health inequality.  We touch on so many topics including leadership, fragmentation, variability and making a business case for tackling health inequalities. He feels adamantly that you can hit front line objectives while making a population health impact. If you like thinking about big picture stuff this is the episode for you.


Chris’s Best Book

Factfulness by Hans Rosling

Further reading

You can find the Population Intervention Triangle, Labonte’s Prevention framework and the POTS framework that Chris mentions in the PHE document that Chris produced – Reducing Health inequalities: System, Scale and Sustainability This is a good read in itself. Lots of tips and tools which can be used to look at populations too.

The recently published document that Chris mentioned on place based approaches can be found here.