Key points

  • This briefing makes the case for the nation’s health to be viewed as an asset that requires long-term investment for our society to prosper. 
  • It also describes a research programme, funded by the Health Foundation, that will assess the effect of an individual’s health on their social and economic outcomes.

The Health Foundation believes health should be viewed as an asset to be invested in. In this briefing, we ask, what is the social and economic value of maintaining and improving people’s health?

Individuals place more value on being healthy than on factors like income or careers, but societal goals are still described in terms of income, employment and economic growth. Too often, policymaking is short-term and narrowly focused on GDP-based metrics – with the social and economic value of health overlooked.

The biggest influences on people’s health are wider social determinants including their quality of housing and education, access to good quality work and affordable food.

The Health Foundation wants to see more action on the strategies that help people stay healthy. To increase the evidence base, the Health Foundation is funding a research programme on the social and economic value of health.

Programme

The Social and Economic Value of Health

This £2m programme is supporting six research projects in their work to develop understanding of health as an asset for socie...

You might also like...

Briefing

Reframing the conversation on the social determinants of health

Analysis of public understanding, expert opinion and the media narrative around health, based on research by the FrameWorks I...

News

Health Foundation selects five projects for new programme on taking action on the social determinants of health

The Health Foundation has selected five projects to take part in its new programme to improve people’s health by taking actio...

Improvement project

Creating ACE-informed places: promoting a whole-system approach to tackling adverse childhood experiences in local communities

This project is aiming to improve how effectively public services in England prevent and mitigate the negative impact of adve...

Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101

Work with us

We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

View current vacancies
Artboard 101 copy 2

The Q Community

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

Find out more