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Health of The Region

Across the West Midlands, the length of time people live, and the length of time people live in good health, are much shorter than the national average. This was exposed and made worse by the coronavirus pandemic. Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities were among those most affected.

In the West Midlands:

Women live for 82.2 years on average (England 83.2) and spend 22 years in poor health

Men live for 78.0 years on average (England 79.6) and spend 18 years in poor health.

47.9% people reporting high levels of anxiety in 2020 compared to a 2019 average of 21.9%.

On average, people reporting feeling ‘often lonely’ ranged from 4.9% to 6.5% over this period; and was generally higher for younger people.

In collaboration with partners, the WMCA launched the Health of the Region report in 2020 with the aim to tackle this problem. Early intervention and prevention can have a lasting impact on someone’s life and can help to reduce their reliance on support services in later years. The report set out a regional framework for action to tackle health inequalities across 4 key challenge areas:

  1. Improving outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities
  2. Tackling the wider determinants of health
  3. Widening access to health and care
  4. Enabling people-powered health

WMCA and partners across the region made 50+ commitments to action to tackle these challenge areas. Commitments and progress can be found (here) and case studies from actions across the region can be found (here).

A series of roundtable events provided a regional forum for communities to engage with health and wellbeing system leaders on the issues facing the health of the region. A Core Group which brings together 15 representatives from across the health and wellbeing system in the West Midlands has been taking their work forward.  Find out more about the group in a blog by chair Amrick Singh Ubhi, view the latest Core Group blog (Health of the Region Blog).

Members of the Core Group


Director of Civic Engagement & Partnerships - Nishkam Centre, Chair of WMCA Strategic Faith Partnership Group

Birmingham & Solihull ICS Health Inequalities Lead

Managing Director Inspiring Hope, NHS Non-Exec Director West Midlands Ambulance Trust and Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust

Health and Care System

Director of Public Health Birmingham City Council

Director of Public Health Walsall Council

Health Inequalities Lead, Black Country & West Birmingham ICS

Non-Executive Director, Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust

Deputy Director for Health & Wellbeing, Office for Health Improvement & Disparities

Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector:

Health & Wellbeing Manager West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre

Director of Regional Strategy and Business Continuity Aston University

Founder of Cysters

The Community Foundation

West Midlands Combined Authority

Head of Health and Communities

Faith & Communities Advisor

Health Inequalities Policy Officer

Health Inequalities Strategic Lead

We convened regular Health of the Region Roundtables and have also brought together an independent Core Group to drive further action forward from WMCA and Health & Wellbeing Partners and utilise the role of the forum.