We are known for the largest selection vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, homeopathics, sports nutrition and condition-specific supplements. Gateway provides primary, specialty and urgent care coverage to uninsured adults in St. Louis City and County, aged 19-64, through a network of community providers and is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Social Services in partnership with the St. Louis Regional Health Commission.
While our focus for the year ahead is how to go further, faster and be bolder in improving health and care services for Londoners I want to take this opportunity to reflect on what the London Health Board has achieved so far in the capital- something that we can often forget to do.
Reflecting this, Public Health England and the Faculty of Public Health have published Global Health Strategy. The capital has the highest levels of childhood obesity in the UK which is why we have placed such a focus on addressing it through both Lord Darzi’s report and the work of the London Health Board over the last year. The campaign is centered on a Council of Storytellers” which features Canadians and clinicians who share their stories through videos featured on the Better Health Together website and various social media channels. Overall, Gateway enrollees believe their physical health has improved since enrolling the in Gateway, and the program is having a positive impact on their health.
One in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year, representing the largest single cause of disability in the UK. As it stands, the economic and social costs of poor mental health (estimated at £105 billion a year) are too great for our health and social care systems to handle.
While access to good quality mental health services and support must continue to improve and rapidly, it is essential that we also draw our attention to preventative approaches so that illness is a rarer event, both in recognition of the economic costs and also in the sometimes devastating personal impact resulting from poor mental health and mental health problems.