Our health and wellbeing priorities

We have seven priorities in Herefordshire to help improve the county's health and wellbeing:

  1. Mental health and wellbeing and the development of resilience in children, young people and adults
  2. For children: Starting well with pregnancy, maternal health, smoking in pregnancy, 0 to 5 year olds immunisations, breastfeeding, dental health, pre-school checks, children with disabilities, young offenders, young people not in education, employment or training and looked after children
  3. For older people: Quality of life, social isolation and fuel poverty
  4. Impact of housing, fuel poverty and poverty and its effect on health and wellbeing
  5. For adults: Long term conditions, lifestyles (alcohol, weight, active lifestyles, smoking prevention and mental health)
  6. Special consideration: Reducing health inequalities for people with learning disabilities, carers, returning veterans and armed forces families, the homeless, non-English speaking communities, women exposed to domestic abuse and sexual violence, families with multiple needs, those living in poverty and travellers
  7. Hidden issues: Alcohol abuse in young mothers, women and older men

We have reinforced our priories with five additional themes:

  • Prevention: Keeping people well
  • Self-help and helping others to stay well
  • Working with the voluntary sector, pastoral support networks, communities and parish councils
  • Access to high quality secondary care, education and employment
  • Reducing health inequalities

To find out more about our priorities, take a look at the health and wellbeing strategy (pages 18 to 33).