The Scottish Parliament’s Health, Social Care & Sport Committee is holding an inquiry into what can be done about health inequalities. The Parliament’s Community & Participation Team are hosting four informal engagement events as part of their scrutiny of the wider determinants of health inequalities.
This online engagement event will focus on economy and employment. It will give organisations the chance to engage with parliamentarians about the wider determinants of health.
Income and employment status are strongly associated with health and wellbeing.
- Poor health can limit access to employment.
- Unemployment and job insecurity can lead to poor health and wellbeing.
- Low incomes can prevent people from participating in social life and day to day activities.
- Food poverty and insecurity can lead to poor health.
- Income can be related to life expectancy, with those on higher salaries expected to live longer.
- Many physical and mental health outcomes improve as income rises.
In the context of economy and employment we would like participants to consider:
- What do you think are the key factors which have negative impact upon people’s health?
- What do you think are the main barriers to people improving their health?
- What change(s) would you like to see which would help improve people’s health?
Voluntary Health Scotland is helping facilitate each of the engagement events and we are looking for expressions of interest from those wanting to take part. If you are interested in contributing to this session we would be grateful if you could contact Kimberley with your expression of interest.