UK Institutions Promoting Health of Ethnic Minority Women

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This essay intends to give a critical analysis of interagency working to promote the health of ethnic minority women suffering from domestic violence. The essay starts with a definition of health and then briefly looks at varying definitions of public health and how these definitions lend credence to need for interagency working in public health. The essay then looks at the social construct of community and minority communities (BME) in England and Wales, health inequalities and the geographical spread of inequalities across areas of deprivation and the spearhead authorities with a brief discussion on the social determinants of health. This will be followed by a definition of domestic violence and how the concept of culture, especially in minority communities impacts on domestic violence and how domestic violence among ethnic minority women relates to public health. There will be a discussion on two models of health that can be used to formulate interventions which are relevant to the needs of ethnic minority. The last part of the essay will discuss the role organisations can play to support victims of domestic violence and how the structure and culture of the organisation can influence positive outcomes and enhance better interagency working. Finally, a critical analysis of interagency working will be given suggesting how services can be improved. Public Health Health as defined by the world health organisation is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (Bury 2005). According to the world health organization, “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO, 1948). The term publi... ... middle of paper ... .... The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 30: 144–149. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2002.tb00381.x Rhonda, P. and Pittman, R. (2009) an introduction to community development USA: Routledge. Blaxter, M. (2004) health, Cambridge: polity press. Department of Health (2004) Tackling health inequalities: the spearhead group of Local Authorities and Primary Care Trusts Bartle, Phile WHAT IS COMMUNITY? A Sociological Perspective web publication available online at NIMHE (2003) Inside-Outside: Improving Mental Health Services for Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in England Roger Ottewill and Ann Wall (2004) Item 2 Models of health and health care available online at

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