Black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) communities and the UK National Dementia Strategy: the London experience
Wednesday, March 13, 2013: 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM, OAK, OCC 202
This presentation looks at the role of black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) communities in the implementation of the UK National Dementia Strategy in London. Although recent UK government policy in health and social care has highlighted the need for local partnerships across sectors to deliver improved healthcare and reduce health inequalities, there has been limited research on dementia in minority ethnic groups. Despite the cosmopolitan mix of the capital's population, BMER communities have historically been marginalised from strategic health initiatives. This presentation highlights the work undertaken by the London Region Dementia Implementation Task Group to support commissioner engagement with BMER communities in planning dementia services, and to help these communities to have more influence on the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy in London. The potential health access and economic risks of failing to improve the involvement of BMER communities in planning dementia care are outlined and recent work by the presenter to raise awareness of dementia and improve access to early diagnosis for minority ethnic communities discussed.
Presentation Information:Program: Main Conference Oral Presentations (concurrent workshops and peer-to-peers)
Primary Category: Culturally Competent Care
Subtopics: Dementia, Health reform/health systems innovations, Partnerships with community organizations
Region Addressed by Presentation: Europe