Health Inequalities

Our aim was to improve Somerset’s health care service for our ethnic diverse communities.

Working with Somerset’s diverse community and health/social care providers we wanted to improve their support and services. Addressing inequalities in both access and care for patients and professionals.

Our health is vital in every part of our lives, so it is important that we get the best experience and treatment available no matter where we are from or who we work for.

The challenges of inequality in health can take many forms within our diverse communities, barriers in understanding:

  • cultural differences
  • language
  • unconscious bias
  • micro-aggressions
  • health disparities by ethnic background
  • vaccination myths

These barriers can lead to lower uptake and engagement with health and social care, preventing access to health care, assumptions and some ‘normal’ practices can lead to misdiagnoses or late treatment.


We have collected a wealth of information, advice, links and resources to support our diverse communities with Mental Health, Sexual Health, Domestic Abuse and Vaccinations. Click to download your copy.

Mental Health


Sexual Health


Domestic Abuse




Listen back to our Health Inequalities project on BBC Somerset!

Michal and Kirsten were interviewed about the online survey and the issues facing our ethnically diverse communities. Listen at 1:09:05 – 1:15:17 in the recording.
Click to listen

Watch our short video:

Meet Liz Johnson-Idan talking about the project supporting ethnically diverse communities in Somerset.

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