- This guide explores how a person’s opportunity for health is influenced by factors outside the health and social care system.
- It also shows that many people don’t have the same opportunities to be as healthy as others.
- It contains suggestions for further reading and, with the help of short case studies, highlights how action can create improvements in the health of the whole population, for the lasting benefit of individuals, society and the economy.
- The guide has been written for anyone with an interest in people’s health and wellbeing, and will be especially useful to those new to the social determinants of health.
What causes heart disease? To some, the clear answer would be ‘blocked arteries’. So, what, in turn, causes those arteries to become blocked? Perhaps it’s the unhealthy food and drink people consume, their lack of exercise or their stress levels. And what, in turn makes them feel stressed, shapes their opportunities to be active and determines their choices about what they eat and drink?
The answers lie in the circumstances in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age: the social determinants of health. These can enable individuals and societies to flourish, or not. These are the causes of the causes.
The Health Foundation has written this guide as a brief introduction to the social determinants of health.
Our health is shaped by a wide range of factors, from the jobs we do to the places where we live. But are we getting the mess...
To understand what makes us healthy, we need to look at the bigger picture. Watch our animation to find out about the wider f...
You might also like...
Health Foundation response to ONS data showing an astonishing difference in the risk of avoidable death between the rich and ...
The Health Foundation selects organisations to develop policy recommendations for action in seven key areas as part of the Yo...
We interview Anya Gopfert about how the NHS can develop its role as a healthy employer.
Health Foundation @HealthFdn
Data analytics enables new information flows to and from patients and the public. This helps people make better-in… https://t.co/8dO4tZsA6DFollow us on Twitter
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
The Q Community
Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.Find out more