M4: Improving equity in local communities:
learning and approaches from anchor institutions

Monday 20 June 2022 | 11:00-12:30

Format: Workshop
Stream: Population and Public Health
Content filters: Responses to the covid-19 pandemic, Recommended for those new to quality improvement

As healthcare organisations and systems recover from covid-19, anchor institutions can play a key role in improving equity. Anchor institutions uniquely influence the wider determinants of health and inequalities through their significant impact as employers, purchasers, users of resources and community partners.

Anchor approaches can make a real difference to local communities, but organisations and systems often struggle with how. Building on the latest evidence and learning, and hearing practical lessons from leading healthcare anchor institutions, this session will explore the link between anchor institutions, population health and equity, and the improvement approaches and methods to make it happen.

After this session, participants will:

  • Have an increased understanding of how healthcare organisations acting as anchor institutions can impact population health and improve equity

  • Have an opportunity to reflect on the opportunities and challenges for anchor missions to drive equity in their own places and communities

  • Be inspired to act through exploring real life examples of how improvement approaches have been used to implement anchor action that makes a difference

Dominique Allwood, UCLPartners; England

Jenna Collins, Health Foundation; England

Charlotte Williams, Mid & South Essex NHS Foundation Trust; England