M.A.D

(Making A Difference)

M.A.D. (Making A Difference)

The growth of WHAM has been electric! In just 18 months from inception - and with next to no resource - WHAM managed to build a groundswell movement and 'self-help' platform of crowd-sourced resources to provide the knowledge, tools and community to help clinicians support families suffering the effects of health inequalities.

How well these levels of activity will translate into benefits for patients is still to be determined but success in terms of professional engagement and development of local practices is already evident.

The expanding membership is making changes both in the ways that individuals and teams practice to better address the social determinants of health and in the configuration of local health systems.

This includes: using screening questionnaires that have been adapted to capture deeper social histories while sensitively bridging socio-demographic divides; and developing business cases to successfully argue for the introduction of new staff such as community health workers on the basis of local data.

WHAM’s potential has been recognized by the endorsement of Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology at University College London and Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity.

Current Projects:

Powering UP

  • WHAM have been funded by the Health Foundation to combine QI, coaching, and the power of digital to empower YP and clinicians in London and Birmingham to put health equity and behavioural change at the heart of medical consultations.
  • Find out more about the project here

ABC Parents

  • ABC Parents is a multifaceted collaborative community outreach project enabling parents, healthcare professionals, voluntary-sector and statutory organisations to tackle health inequalities in Haringey and Enfield in London.
  • Find out more about the project here

Just a Minute

Have a minute to spare? Here's one way to start a conversation with families who are struggling, and a couple of videos to show how it can be done.

The One Minute Script
"Many people are currently struggling financially, and this has a direct impact on health. Because of this, we are now asking all our patients some questions on how they are managing, and offering resources that can support them through tough times. I can reassure you that your answers to these questions have no impact on your care, and you don’t have to answer
In the last 12 months-
1. Have you been worried that you wouldn't be able to pay your bills?

2. Have you been worried that your food would run out before you had money to buy more?

3. Have you had any problems with your housing?
National WHAM 1-2-3 resource leaflet for families in financial difficulty.
Just A Minute FAQ's

WHAM is M.A.D. - but you are too!

Join the movement…

Join the growing WHAM community and
receive our informative Newsletter
Use our tools for helping families in
difficulty in your clinical practice today
Step up:
Become a WHAMbassador and help
spread the WHAM love in your local
communities
We’re expanding the team. Let us know if
you think you can help!
Learn why health inequality matters and
what you can do about it
Speak up:
Advocate for patients and populations
with a blog, a letter to your local MP or
on social media
Partner or Mentor the next gen health
equity change maker through our Heat Map

You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future.

Thomas Sankara