I am delighted to publish the 2019 Centre for Ethnic Health Research Report. The Centre continues to play a critical role in addressing issues of health inequality, leading and supporting cutting edge research into the health concerns of ethnic minorities and other marginalised groups. As you will see in this report, 2019 has seen the Centre building on its initial work as well as going from strength to strength.
In the past year, The Centre has been taking the lead in developing a course to support researchers in conducting research into minority groups and those likely to suffer from health inequalities. The Cultural Competence course, which expands on traditional equalities training, shows what constitutes cultural competence, why it is important, how it works and what information is needed to be effective and competent in this area. The course includes four components, which are: self-awareness, cultural knowledge, crosscultural skills and practice, and is accompanied with a guidance toolkit. The course is being offered to all NIHR Applied Research Collaborations as well as researchers and partners
across the East Midlands. The courses have now commenced and will form part of our
unique offer going forward.
Another key support we are offering NIHR ARC East Midlands is the specialist advice service in supporting ARC EM project teams carry out equality impact assessments. These assessments are being carried out on all the early stage ARC EM studies as a pilot exercise. Assuming they are successful we will be rolling out this support offer to other studies and
I am pleased that our innovative work is getting national recognition and interest: we are the National NIHR ARC Lead for Ethnicity, Diversity and Inclusion of Under-represented Groups. We were also asked to present on the Centre’s work at the NIHR National Strategy Board meeting held in Leicester in November 2019. The NIHR was very impressed with our positive work and want us to engage more with other NIHR regional and national programmes given our special interest and expertise in the health of minority ethnic groups and our research into reducing inequalities…….