Jewish communities in England experience health inequalities across a number of metrics including COVID-19 morbidity, immunisation take up, and breast cancer risk. The Jewish community has twice the number of people aged over 60 compared to the general population. Health care providers and commissioners need to be fully aware of the unique health care challenges and needs of the Jewish community. This includes having appropriate communications delivered through the right channels and at the right time to reach the community.
This report aims to provide insights that will help to promote effective and respectful communication between health service providers and the Jewish community in order to improve patient experiences. The work will identify good practice, blind spots, and add new insights to already existing research. This will include looking at how guidelines and policies are implemented in caring for patients. The work will be action focused, with the overall aim of making health services culturally safe and responsive through identifying barriers to culturally competent communication between health care providers and the Jewish community.