A project dedicated to improving the health of people from migrant communities will start later this year after an award from the Government.
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust and Kent County Council will receive £853,106 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to improve access to healthcare.
The two-year project, which begins in September, will enable a greater focus on improving the health of people and families from the Roma community in Kent.
Claire Poole, KCHFT’s Clinical Services Director for Public Health said: “It’s a huge achievement to receive this money and we are very excited to start work. We are delighted to work on something that will benefit patients and families in Kent. By building on already established relationships, we will continue to reduce health inequalities.’’
Many families are not registered with a GP and dentist and there is low uptake of health visitor support for child development reviews.
The project is in two parts:
- Training for health and social care professionals to understand the significant cultural differences and challenges facing people from migrant communities.
- Short-term funding for a small dedicated team of health visitors, school nurses and health improvement specialists to provide care to this hard-to-reach population.
Kent County Council’s Deputy Director of Public Health, Allison Duggal said: “We were delighted to support this project which will address health needs. The bid was based on assessments carried out by our Public Health team which identified issues including low childhood immunisation rates and poor dental care.”