Health researchers in Leicester have for a number of years been developing a network to help us co-ordinate and strengthen our work in the very important field of ethnic health matters. The Centre for Ethnic Health Research is an initiative of the NHS in Leicestershire working with colleagues in our universities.
There are several reasons for developing the LCEHR:
1. The minority ethnic population in Leicester and throughout the UK has particular disease patterns with major implications for the community and the NHS. For instance, the high prevalence of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and renal disease among the South Asian population.
2. The research community in Leicestershire already has extensive experience of research in this field.
3. National Service Frameworks in coronary heart disease, mental health, the elderly, diabetes, and renal services all acknowledge the importance of specific approaches to address the issues of ethnicity and diversity.
Our Mission Statement is:
“ To improve health and reduce health inequalities by supporting culturally sensitive research across the health community of Leicestershire”