Policy position: Supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted, and in some cases worsened health inequalities amongst certain groups in England. Following the release of the Public Health England (PHE) Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19’ and Beyond the data: Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups in June 2020, the Build Back Fairer: COVID-19 Marmot Review in December 2020, we have seen the impact on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities with higher case rates and deaths compared to the White population.

Actions are already taking place at local and regional level to reduce the disproportionate impact, but the pandemic has shone a light on structural racism and health inequality, and its roots associated with the immediate and structural factors that have impacted ethnic minorities and require long term change. Racism is a public health issue and it is vital that we develop approaches to take action to mitigate any further widening of inequalities.

In February 2021, ADPH London released a position statement, highlighting the following five themes:

  • Trust and cohesion
  • Improving ethnicity data collection and research
  • Diversifying the workforce and encouraging systems leadership
  • Co-production with communities
  • Embedding public health work in social and economic policy

Following this statement, ADPH London have been developing a set of actions for delivery and/or influence over the next five years. Click here to see our action plan, where we plan to deliver in collaboration with local and system partners.