West Lothian Health Improvement Team
The Health Improvement Team supports West Lothian communities most at risk of poor health. We work with community groups, education, social work, health services, care homes, voluntary organisations, volunteers, police and many more. HIT is a multi-agency, multi disciplinary team whose aim is to improve health and reduce health inequalities.
The term "inequalities in health" refers to variations in health experience between different groups. In particular some groups experience poorer health than the majority of the population. This is either due to life circumstances, for example living in poor housing or on low and fixed incomes, having few opportunities for leisure or social activities; or to discrimination arising from gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation or disability.
The team provides training and support to staff, volunteers and lay community activists in key service areas across the Community Planning Partnership. Team members fulfil both strategic and operational roles, supporting the development of policies on health, health improvement and other cross service policies, and delivering programmes to support healthy eating, physical activity, community health development and mental health and wellbeing.