The Midlands has an international reputation for clinical research excellence which is open for all to engage with; a truly inclusive platform for knowledge sharing and innovation.
We lead the world when it comes to academic ethnic health expertise and our work is pioneering in disease areas that disproportionally affect people due to their socioeconomic status, age, gender, ethnicity and other factors, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, inflammation, liver disease and respiratory conditions.
We are also taking a leading role in supporting good mental health at work and reducing the stigma surrounding poor mental health through our Mental Health and Productivity Pilot.
Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Midlands Engine said:
Coronavirus has reminded us all of the absolute value of good health as individuals and within communities. It has highlighted powerfully how significant the health, life sciences and medical technologies sectors are as economic cornerstones in our country.
It is well known that there are inequalities in health across the UK; inequalities which have been exposed even further by the pandemic.
The Midlands as a whole falls behind the UK average in terms of life expectancy and of course, there are areas within our region that experience even greater health inequalities.
If we are to truly level up the economy, we must also level up health and this must be part of our work to rebuild the economy post-COVID-19.