Following the PHE report in June 2020, Beyond the Data: understanding the impact of COVID-19 on black and ethnic minority communities, Health Education England South East and Public Health England South East are offering a programme of training and mentoring community researchers. This is in line with PHE Recommendation 2 (Support community participatory research, in which researchers and community stakeholders engage as equal partners of the COVID-19).
This will involve training up community researchers to undertake a piece of work to understand the issues and inequalities impacting black and ethnic minority communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the actions/recommendations needed to begin addressing these issues. This initiative can also help local systems with the 8 urgent actions on health inequalities required as part of implementing phase 3 of the NHS response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular action 8 (local collaboration to plan and deliver action to address health inequalities through ‘better listening to communities and strengthening local accountability’).
This is an opportunity to develop co-production opportunities recognising the assets and insights that communities bring in shaping systems and services. Out of this, we hope community researchers will gain confidence, skills and knowledge that will contribute to community empowerment.
Who can apply? Voluntary community and social enterprises, NHS organisations or local authorities can apply for this funded training. Organisations must have close links with black and minority ethnic communities.
Application process and deadline: attached is the application form together with a guidance document which sets out full details of the offer and application requirements.
Please send your applications to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 16th February 2021, 12 noon. If you have questions or wish to discuss your application, please contact Joanne McEwan. .