Health Inequalities

What are Health Inequalities?

Health inequalities are the unjust differences in health and wellbeing that are the result of inequality in individual, social and economic circumstances.

While health in Fife (and in Scotland generally) is improving, long-term health inequalities persist.

These have a significant impact on people’s lives, meaning that some communities live shorter and un healthier lives than others. Some of these health inequalities can be mitigated and changed, for example if we make our services more equitable and reduce the issues people face when accessing them (whether that be due to their health or where they live) we can improve health and wellbeing.


Fairer Health for Health

Fife’s Health Inequalities Strategy 2015-2020 aims to support organisations and partnerships across Fife to work towards reducing inequalities in health and wellbeing by:

  • Increasing understanding around health inequalities
  • Promoting ways of working most likely to reduce health inequalities
  • Providing 6 health and wellbeing outcomes which are key to reducing inequalities in health and wellbeing

For more details click on Health Promotion link:


A Fairer Healthier Scotland - a strategic framework for action 2017-2022 publication describes NHS Health Scotland’s strategic priorities up to 2022. This strategic framework and sets of priorities will focus on improving the health and healthy life expectancy of the people in Scotland. Please find below NHS Health Scotland video – ‘Introducing NHS Health Scotland Strategic Framework’. For more details on the framework and set of priorities go to a Strategic Framework for Action 2017-2022.

Please see video below.




For more information contact

Equality and Human Rights
Tel: 01592 729130


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