COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT / REGIONS & CITIES / LONDON
Enfield Council, NHS North Central London CCG and partners are working in collaboration with the Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN) and other Black-led organisations in Enfield to promote inclusion, increase residents’ voices, and strengthen community resilience.
The objective of this initiative is to promote collaboration between multi-agencies and Black led organisations working across Enfield in order to maximise service offers to communities and ultimately improve health outcomes.
Many years of inequity and delayed access to local services have left the Black community with poorer health outcomes and not much input to decision making. The current COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected this community and shone a light on the historic inequalities.
This collaboration started in June 2021 when CAHN was approached to support the Covid-19 vaccine uptake in the African and Caribbean Community in Enfield. The aim of the campaign was also to create a platform for collaboration and engagement between health system partners and the Black community. Some direct engagement activities included:
These direct engagement activities on one hand, gave residents from the Caribbean and African community in Enfield, an opportunity to voice their concerns; on the other hand, in an effort to bridge gaps and facilitate a better access to services, Enfield Council as well as Enfield CCG were looking forward to further engagements with grassroot community members. This led CAHN to set up the CAHN Enfield Black Network in January 2022.
Following these successful outcomes and the growing interest in the network, CAHN organised an official launch event for what’s now known as the Enfield Black Community Health Forum, held on the 28th of May 2022 at a partner’s venue, the RCCE, 47 London Road.
The aim of the CAHN Enfield black Community Health Forum is to support residents to take ownership of health matters and build connections in Enfield.
We are glad to say that this event was a great success as we recorded an attendance of 70 people in total.
What we achieved: