First paragraph: Health Action Zones (HAZs) are new kinds of partnerships established in England to pioneer creative approaches to modernising services and responding to social exclusion. The first wave of eleven HAZs began life in April 1998. Their aim is to bring together a multiplicity of public, private and voluntary organisations to reshape local health and social services and to improve the health of their local populations, especially those who are most disadvantaged. The eleven areas (see Table 1) share common problems of deprivation, social exclusion and evidence of health inequalities. They show diversity, however, in their existing partnership arrangements and vary fundamentally in their scale and complexity.
|Number of pages||2|
|Specialist publication||Health Variation|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Jun 1998|