David Finch Assistant Director

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David Finch is Assistant Director in the Healthy Lives directorate.

David joined the Health Foundation in May 2018 and currently leads a programme of work developing policy and analysis related to the wider determinants of health. His work focuses the role that social and economic policy and business can play in improving health, and understanding the influence that health has on social and economic outcomes of people and places.

Previously David worked for the Resolution Foundation as a Senior Fellow working on a range of issues including tax and benefit policy with a focus on Universal Credit, calculating the Living Wage, demographics, pensions and pay progression.

Prior to this, he worked as an Economic Adviser at the Department for Work and Pensions on areas including childcare and state pensions. David studied Economics at the University of Sussex.

Latest articles

Research report

Unequal pandemic, fairer recovery

Research report

A comprehensive review of the factors that affected the UK’s devastating COVID-19 death toll.

Blog

Insuring against insecurity – how the pandemic has shown the need for social security reform

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Many people who experienced severe financial strain during the pandemic were not eligible to claim...

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City mayors can play a key role in improving our health

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What can metro mayors do to improve people’s health in their regions? We look at policy priorities...

Briefing

Improving the nation’s health

Briefing

In light of COVID-19 and the government’s decision to abolish Public Health England (PHE), this...

Blog

‘Levelling up’ just got much harder

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A look at the Health Foundation's COVID-19 impact inquiry: a UK-wide inquiry exploring the...

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How are changes to employment and finances impacting mental health during lockdown?

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We explore how changes in people’s employment and financial circumstances affected their mental...

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Understanding excess deaths: variation in the impact of COVID-19 between countries, regions and localities

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This analysis compares the impact of COVID-19 in different countries, regions and localities through...

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Understanding the data about COVID-19 related deaths

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David Finch explains the differences between the two main sources of data about the number of...

Analysis

Mortality and life expectancy trends in the UK

Analysis

Since 2011 improvements in life expectancy in the UK have stalled, and for certain groups of the...

Analysis

Creating healthy lives

Analysis

This publication makes the case for an ambitious, whole-government approach to long-term investment...

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The ‘good health’ gap: what will it take to reduce health inequalities?

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Following the publication of the government’s prevention green paper David Finch considers a missed...

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Invest in public health now, or store up problems for the future

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How are public health grant cuts and delayed policy decisions damaging public health? David Finch...

Thought paper

The local health environment

Thought paper

The CMO’s annual report 2019 considers what the state of the public’s health in England in 2040...

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The healthy life expectancy gap

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David Finch, Senior Fellow in Healthy Lives, unpicks the latest ONS data on healthy life expectancy.

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Prioritising the nation’s health as an asset

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David Finch explains why we need to start thinking about our nation’s health as an asset requiring...

Briefing

The nation's health as an asset

Briefing

A briefing that asks: what is the social and economic value of maintaining and improving people's...

Briefing

Taking our health for granted

Briefing

This briefing paper assesses the extent of cuts to the public health grant since 2014/15 and...

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Health investment needs long-term thinking

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Investing in public health pays off down the line. As the government seeks to restore NHS funding it...

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