AHPN works to improve the health and wellbeing of the UK’s African population and to reduce health inequalities. We do this by influencing health policies, to ensure that the health needs of Africans are recognised and addressed in a meaningful way. We also work to identify and address the wider determinants of health and the causes of health inequalities.
In our Policy Position 2013, we set out our thinking on the health inequalities affecting Africans in the UK and the steps that need to be taken to reduce these inequalities. Our most recent publication is The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Africans in the UK. This research and discussion paper represents an important baseline of information on African mental health and emotional wellbeing in the UK and goes further by discussing how individuals in the African community interpret, express and address these issues.
We also work to raise awareness of services and ensure African people have equitable access. We have recently launched a campaign film to encourage greater take-up of pyschological therapies in African communities, particularly among older people. The film, Older Minds Monologues, is available to view below.