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Cardiovascular Disease


What is the challenge?

  • In 2010, there were 493 deaths related to CVD in Wandsworth. CVD is the leading cause of death (all ages) in the Borough accounting for 1/3 of all deaths in 2012. In 2012 82 people died from strokes and 208 from CVD.
  • Most deaths caused by CVD are premature and could be prevented by making lifestyle changes, e.g. eating healthily, exercising regularly and stopping smoking.

What have we done?

  • We organised workshops where local community leaders took responsibility for designing and delivering healthy cooking and eating classes within their own social networks, with regular emphasis on at-risk groups (over 45s, Somali women, South Asian men, black men)
  • Sharing and supporting each other, within their own peer groups, they developed self-help programmes that raised awareness and understanding of risk factors, and, with the exercise group, measurable weight loss and improvement in health and well being.



WCEN CVD Projects

This is an evaluation of three co-produced healthcare projects working with ethnic minority groups at high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Wandsworth. The projects aimed to explore ways of reducing the risk of CVD through co-production and together made up a pilot to test out Wandsworth’s emerging model of co-production in public health. Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network (WCEN) was funded to develop and implement the projects by Wandsworth Council’s Public Health Department. WCEN asked the New Economics Foundation (NEF) to evaluate the project.
The three projects included two cook and eat projects for South Asian and Somali women, and an exercise project for African-Caribbean men, which met weekly over a six week period. Community leaders were involved in the project design and delivery, and community members co-produced the projects as they evolved over the six weeks.

For full report please click the link: Co-producing cardiovascular health in Wandsworth



What would we like to do next?

  • Embed these self organised programmes within more community sites, with leaders from one peer network enabled and supported to develop programmes in parallel networks
  • Offer a wide range of coproduced services in each site, including health checks, pharmacy advice and direct pathways to GP surgeries
  • Enable local people to become nutrition and exercise leaders, so that skills and training become embedded within communities

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