In 2003, Heart of Mersey was launched to address the inequitable levels of heart disease and stroke in Merseyside. Becoming a charity in 2005, the charity has never failed to take an upstream population-based approach to health improvement.
Like all those working in public health we have had to adapt to a constantly changing political and economic environment, whilst not forgetting our core objective of advocating for a better environment to make it easier for all - not only those with higher incomes and educational achievements – to enjoy healthier and longer lives.
In the last ten years, we have established two social enterprises – HM Partnerships and the European Healthy Stadia Network – to develop and spread our public health services. All profits from these two Community Interest Companies are reinvested in the host charity, Heart of Mersey, to support its advocacy and research activities in improving health.
We are proud of the leadership we have shown over the past ten years in taking an independent evidence-based approach to health issues whilst working in partnership with the wider public health community.
We are launching our new website in 2015 to promote our new collective identity of the Health Equalities Group and to highlight the services we are able to offer based on 12 years of experience working at all levels within Liverpool City Region and the North West, in London and Brussels.
At the same time our values and principles remain unchanged since 2003 and, to quote the Marmot Review: “Health inequalities that are preventable by reasonable measures are unfair. Putting them right is a matter of social justice”.