Everyone in society should have the opportunity to make healthy choices, live healthy lives and access high quality health and social care services


There are stark differences in health outcomes across the UK – with a gap of almost 19 years in healthy life expectancy between the most and least deprived areas in England. Inequalities in power, money and resources at local and national levels can make people’s daily lives more challenging. In turn, this can make people more vulnerable to poor health.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s

Consultation response
October 2019

Health Foundation response to the Cabinet Office and Department of Health and Social Care Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s consultation.

Government needs to address root causes of obesity

Press release
10 October 2019

Our response to the Chief Medical Officer’s report on childhood obesity

ITT: Exploring public attitudes and experiences of health inequalities

Invitation to tender
17 September 2019

This invitation to tender is open for application until midday 17 October 2019.

More strategic, long-term investment needed across government for a healthy and prosperous nation

Press release
10 September 2019

New Health Foundation report shows government is failing to invest in the nation’s health by focusing on short-term spending.

Creating healthy lives

September 2019

This publication makes the case for an ambitious, whole-government approach to long-term investment in the nation’s health. It includes five big shifts needed to embed a shared goal to improve health ...

Shaping places for healthier lives

Opens Nov 2019

A joint grant programme with the Local Government Association for councils to work with partners from their local area to take action to improve health and address health inequalities through tackling...

The NHS should contribute more to the prosperity of local communities

Press release
14 August 2019

New report argues that the NHS could make a greater contribution to improving the socioeconomic conditions for people in the local areas in which it operates.

Social inequalities and primary care networks: realising the potential through advancing data and analytics

25 July 2019

Better data linkage across primary care and other community-based services has the potential to help reduce socioeconomic inequalities. Data linkage could enrich our understanding of a patient’s socia...

A healthy economy needs a healthy population to power it

Press release
23 July 2019

The Health Foundation response to the government’s prevention green paper, Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s.

From low quality homes to insecure tenancies: how housing harms health is changing

17 July 2019

Adam Tinson uses the latest data to explore changes in how housing affects health.

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