Healthy life expectancy is the number of years a person can expect to live in good health. The gap between healthy life expectancy and life expectancy is known as the ‘window of need’ and indicates the period that individuals can expect to live with poorer health.
Coventry residents spend on average a greater proportion of their lives in poor health than average. Coventry females can expect to live almost a quarter of their lives in poor health (18.9 years), while males can expect to live just over a fifth of their lives in poor health (15.4 years).
Coventry males and females tend to face different causes of premature death. The most significant differences are in causes of death that are considered preventable by public health interventions.
Residents in Coventry’s most deprived areas have a wider ‘window of need’; meaning they are living shorter lives with more of their life in poor health. There are significant inequalities across Coventry’s neighbourhoods and the extent of the inequality is relatively large compared to other areas.
The Health and Wellbeing Board is consulting residents, communities and partners on a new Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Its strategic ambitions are: people are healthier and independent for longer; children and young people fulfil their potential; and people live in connected, safe, and sustainable communities.
The Council and its Health and Wellbeing Board partners are adopting a new population health framework, which will underpin the health and wellbeing system’s activity. The new approach places stronger emphasis on working in partnership to embed the Marmot City principles; aligning and coordinating prevention programmes to improve health behaviours and lifestyles; working with local communities to mobilise solutions; and building a closer partnership between health and social care partners.