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England: health programme to target Roma

07 September 2018

A small team of school nurses and health improvement specialists is set to offer dedicated care to the Roma community in Kent.

The two-year project, which begins in September, is being funded with a £853,106 grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to improve access to healthcare.

Many Roma families are not registered with a GP and dentist, and there is low uptake of health visitor support for child development reviews.

The grant will pay for cultural training for health and social care professionals, and short-term funding for the specialist health-visitor team.

Kent County Council’s deputy director of health said: ‘The bid was based on assessments carried out by our public health team.’

Read about a health visitor’s work with Roma Slovak families in Sheffield here.


£853,106 grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will be given to improve access to healthcare.


 

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