BME Health website launches

Posted by rmt22 at Jun 12, 2019 10:30 AM |
The Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health (CBMEH) based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre is pleased to announce the launch of their new website.

The new website will provide the CBMEH with a much-improved platform for messaging regarding the work of the centre and the University of Leicester around ethnic health.

Centre’s vision

The CBMEH has one clear vision: “To reduce ethnic health inequalities” by working with patients, the public, community and voluntary sectors, researchers, health and social care organisations.

It has a number of community-based research staff who engage with seldom heard communities and inspire community-led research.

It designs and delivers resources and alternative methodologies that are informed and led by communities who are ‘not reached’ by some clinicians and researchers. These methods and their involvement allow the Centre to promote culturally sensitive resources and raise awareness of community engagement and collaboration across research and healthcare delivery.

It also delivers research with BME groups, hosts a BME Community Partners’ Panels, provides BME engagement and competency training, and collaborates with researchers, Universities and other stakeholders to widen participation with seldom heard groups.

Successes to date

The CBMEH recently established an expert steering committee at the University of Leicester, bringing together academic expertise, clinical knowledge and community perspectives to drive the its research agenda and ensure its work meets the local need.

In 2018 it established the Community Partners Panel and Research Volunteers register. This has a panel of 16 members from different backgrounds, who represent the voice of a large number of community organisations they are involved with.

The Centre is proud to have partnered with Leicester Changing Diabetes. Leicester was the first UK city to join the Global Cities Changing Diabetes programme and was chosen due to the high prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes (8.9%) and a high South-Asian population. A number of initiatives have resulted from this partnership predominantly in the arena of Type 2 diabetes prevention.

The CBMEH has also built programmes working with the locally based internationally renowned cricket and football clubs to deliver novel interventions that reach populations otherwise disengaged. Furthermore, they have designed and delivered cultural-tailored interventions to address social isolation, and improve diabetes management and mental health.

The Centre is funded by the University of Leicester and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) East Midlands.

Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Director of the NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands and Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “Our priority at the Centre for BME Health is to reduce health inequality in the region and nationally by sharing resources, promoting research contributing to wider policy discussions. Our centre is located in one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the UK, uniquely placing us to examine variations, conduct research and implement changes that affect the health and wellbeing of ethnic and migrant communities. Our new website will further help our abilities to communicate and disseminate both our mission and learnings nationally and internationally.”

Professor Andrew Fry, Dean of Research for the College of Life Sciences at the University of Leicester said: “We are proud to be supporting the Centre for BME Health, including investment in the new website, as it aspires to address inequalities in healthcare access and health outcomes. It is achieving this goal through working with individuals and organisations in planning and undertaking research and healthcare delivery that specifically involves BME and seldom-heard communities.”

Take a look at the new site here

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