As part of a COVID-19 Health Inequalities Impact Assessment (HIIA) for the North East, we conducted a rapid secondary analysis of qualitative community insight work conducted by VCSE sector organisations across North Cumbria and the North East to explore: (1) the health impact of covid-19 on at risk and vulnerable populations; and (2) the impact of the pandemic upon the VCSE sector and organisations supporting those groups. We received 26 responses from 21 organisations/projects across North Cumbria and the North East. We broke these findings down into: • Macro findings – organisational level • Micro findings – implications for at risk and vulnerable populations
The team is currently writing the protocol for Stage 2, which will be qualitative workshops/focus groups with a sample of VCSE organizations to explore the ways in which they have had adapted/responded to the pandemic over a longer period of time.
The project is led by Dr Steph Scott, Research Fellow.