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

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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.

New Artificial Intelligence projects funded to tackle health inequalities

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20 October 2021

NHSX’ NHS AI Lab and the Health Foundation have today awarded £1.4m to four projects to address racial and ethnic health inequalities using artificial intelligence (AI).

Webinar: Health in early years – how can we improve opportunities to live a healthy life?

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19 October 2021

Join us for this webinar to hear fresh insights – and their implications for policy – from two important new initiatives. Speakers from the ActEarly research consortium and the Maternal and Child Heal...

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Webinar: Spotlighting research on AI & ethnic and racial health inequalities

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Tuesday 19 October 2021, 15.00-16.40

Join us as we showcase the successful award holders of our AI and Ethnic and Racial Health Inequalities competition jointly funded with the NHS AI Lab and enabled by the NIHR.

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Webinar: Systems science in public health: turning thought into action

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Tuesday 2 November 2021, 12.30-13.30

Join us for the second webinar in this series sharing emerging findings from UKPRP-funded projects and exploring their implications for policy.

A whole-government approach to improving health

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October 2021

Concerted, holistic action needs to be taken to create the conditions that improve health. We set out the action that central government needs to take to act purposefully as a system, rather than as a...

Five tests for levelling up health

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12 October 2021

Expectations around the imminent levelling up white paper are high. But will it truly seize the opportunity to level up health? Here are our five tests to assess the white paper's level of commitment.

Webinar: The future role of public health

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12 October 2021

Join us as we reflect on the experiences of directors of public health during the pandemic and identify opportunities for public health teams to strengthen their role and profile in the future. 

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Health is wealth – investors can no longer afford to ignore it

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8 October 2021

National and local governments have the power to address the root causes of health, and they do, to an extent. But investors and businesses have considerable agency over commercial health determinants...

Health Foundation response to the Health and Social Care Secretary’s speech at the Conservative conference

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5 October 2021

The Health Foundation's response to the Health and Social Care Secretary’s speech at the Conservative party conference.

Why greater investment in the public health grant should be a priority

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5 October 2021

The public health grant has been cut by 24% on a real-terms per capita basis since 2015/16. We explore trends in need for public health services and estimate how much it would cost to restore the publ...

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