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  • Understanding lived experience of COVID-19 for marginalised communities

    Created: 16/03/2022

    Voluntary Health Scotland has published a report on the lived experience of Covid-19 for marginalised communities. The partnership comprises third sector, academic, public health, and health protection colleagues and is chaired by Public Health Scotland. 

    This research was conducted by the Inclusion Health Partnership to develop and deepen the understanding of the lived experience of marginalised communities and how Covid-19 has impacted on wider aspects of health and wellbeing. The study was based on a peer research model, delivered in partnership with organisations that support marginalised communities, which sought to co-develop the research with people with lived experience. The research explored the unique needs and circumstances of individuals who are disadvantaged by systems and services. It identified six cross-cutting issues experienced by different marginalised groups, including:

    • Human rights and health
    • Impact on mental health and wellbeing
    • Impact of pandemic on sense of purpose and control
    • Access to statutory public services
    • Access to community, social support and social networks
    • Digital access.

    The full report, a shorter summary report and key messages can be accessed here.

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