Sussex plans unveiled to celebrate Black History Month by “digging deeper, looking closer and thinking bigger”

The Sussex Health and Care Partnership (SHCP) BAME Disparity Programme have planned a raft of activities across Sussex for October with a call to action that asks people to use this opportunity to further reduce disparities and inequalities for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Communities in Sussex.

Lola Banjoko, Executive Managing Director of Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group and co-executive lead for the BAME Disparity Programme said; “Black History Month this year is critical in the sense that we need to collectively ask some difficult questions, including , ‘How are you digging deeper, how are you looking closer and how are you thinking bigger around race equality.’ We all need to be braver about asking and also answering these questions.”

Adam Doyle, Chief Executive of Sussex NHS Commissioners, leader of SHCP and co-executive lead for the BAME Disparity Programme, said; “It’s time to make this count.  Across the health and care system in Sussex, partners are all highlighting the many achievements and contribution of black and brown people who play an active role in their own Communities.  Our activities and actions this month will need to also be taken further, and our efforts across the system need to be longer lasting to address the inequalities that exist and have been exacerbated by COVID19.”

Tanya Brown-Griffith, Programme Director for the Sussex BAME Disparity Programme, said; “We have some exciting activities planned within the programme not just within October but over the longer term which brings the NHS, Local Authority including Public Health and our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities together to celebrate but also reflect and act to reduce health and race inequalities.”

The three key activities will be:

Our Colourful Voices

A kaleidoscope of videos from our BAME staff talking about what Black History Month means to them and their hopes for tackling racial inequality.

BAME SHCP Staff Conference – 15 October 2020

We are hosting a staff webinar for BAME staff across the health and social care in Sussex to create a unique space for them to come together, talk to leaders and help plan the next phase of activities to reduce racial disparities.

BAME Community Event

A series of Community Webinars across Sussex for members of the public over the next 4 months.  The first is on 28 October 2020, where we will be reaching out to the community and asking how our health services could be more accessible and effective.

Find out more about how we are supporting BAME staff and communities during COVID-19.