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New project to examine inequalities to guide policies for health and wellbeing during COVID-19

Posted on 12 January 2021

University of York researchers have been awarded funding by the NIHR PRP for a project entitled 'Appraising Social Distributions to Guide Levelling Up Health and Wellbeing during Covid-19 Recovery'. The research aims to describe the inequality in the impact of COVID-19 that is relevant to guide policy choice.

Professor Susan Griffin leads the project, she is working with Simon Walker, Helen Weatherly and Ruth Helstrip at the Centre for Health Economics, and Kath Wright and Melissa Harden at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York.

The study will examine how the costs and outcomes of pandemics such as COVID-19, and the policy response, can differ between population groups. It will examine the pathways by which COVID-19 and the COVID-19 policy responses affect health and wellbeing, and whether these pathways and the scale of impacts differ between population groups.

To guide the project, the research team will collaborate with people who represent a population group identified in health inequality concerns, and people who are representative of those implementing policy decisions, including for example Government departments, local authorities and public institutions.  

The toolkit produced by this project should be a useful aid to help policy makers design the ongoing response to COVID-19 in a way that reflects the importance of prioritising the most disadvantaged.

Please contact Helen Weatherly or Susan Griffin for more information.