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COVID-19, racism and the roots of health inequality: In the newly added monthly podcast by the King’s Fund, the host speaks with Natalie Creary, Programme Delivery Director at Black Thrive, and James Nazroo, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester to discuss the repeating patterns of existing health inequalities through COVID-19. They discuss the factors driving the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on the health of ethnic minority populations and the next steps that are required.

Guidance

Flu vaccination for children: This leaflet by Public Health England (PHE) is guided at parents and explains the vaccine and the benefits of vaccinating children against flu. It also explains which children are eligible for flu vaccination, as well as describing the disease.

Reports

Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives: We have always known that obesity reduces life expectancy and increases the chance of serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In light of the pandemic, we have seen that excess weight puts individuals at risk of worse outcomes from COVID-19. This report outlines the actions that the government will take in order to tackle obesity and help both adults and children to live healthier lives.

Data and tools

Height by deprivation decile: This data by the PHE shows the average height using height z score and height in centimetres for children aged 10 to 11 years measured in the National Child Measurement Program between 2016 to 2017 and 2018 to 2019 by deprivation decile, sex, and ethnic group.

Adolescent Health Programme (AHP): The Adolescent Health Programme (AHP) is an e-learning programme aimed at all health care professionals that work with young people. The program aims to ensure that all health professionals have the essential youth communication skills and understand young people’s rights to consent and confidentiality. The program itself encompasses 71 e-learning sessions, which include interactive elements, case studies and self-assessments. It is the third programme in the Healthy Child Programme 0-18 series of e-learning resources, following the Healthy Child Programme and Healthy School Child Programme.

Research

Determining the optimal strategy for reopening schools, the impact of test and trace interventions, and the risk of occurrence of a second COVID-19 epidemic wave in the UK: a modelling study: Published in the Lancet, the study aimed to use an individual based model to predict the impact of two possible strategies for reopening schools to all students in the UK from September in combination with different assumptions about relaxation of physical distancing measures as well as the scale-up of testing. The study findings showed that the relaxing of physical distancing, including reopening of schools must come with large-scale, population-wide testing of symptomatic individuals alongside effective tracking and tracking of their contacts, followed by isolation of diagnosed individuals.

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