Micro-enterprise: Community assets helping to deliver health and well-being and tackle health inequalities

  • S. Lockwood (2013). Journal of Integrated Care, 26-33
  • Abstract: Purpose - This paper seeks to explore the potential of micro-enterprises to assist local health and well-being boards in delivering their strategies, especially in relation to tackling health inequalities, prevention and community support. Design/methodology/approach - This paper draws on experience gained by Community Catalysts from its work supporting social care and health micro-enterprise across the UK. There has been little formal research into social care and health micro-enterprise and so the paper relies heavily on data gathered by Community Catalysts in the course of its work and uses local case studies to illustrate points. Findings - The paper explains the importance of social care and health micro-enterprise to the work of health and well being boards, emphasising its potential to help tackle health inequalities and contribute to effective health and well-being strategies. Originality/value - There are no examples as yet of imaginative health and well-being boards engaging effectively with micro-providers, but boards can draw on learning from local authorities actively stimulating and supporting local micro-enterprise. Copyright 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
  • Theme: Community, Policy/support programmes
  • Keywords: Health and well-being boards, Health services, Joint strategic needs and assets assessments, Micro-enterprise, Partnership, Partnership working, United Kingdom
  • Reference type: Journal Article
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