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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.

Contact tracing app threatens to exacerbate unequal risk of COVID-19

Press release
3 June 2020

New polling data with Ipsos MORI reveal UK public’s awareness of and attitudes towards the planned smartphone app.

PHE report confirms that the burden of the pandemic is not being shouldered equally

Press release
2 June 2020

Health Foundation response to Public Health England report on disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19.

Inequalities and deaths involving COVID-19

21 May 2020

Mai Stafford and Sarah Deeny examine the data on socioeconomic deprivation, gender and COVID-19 mortality, and ask what a closer look at the links between inequalities tell us.

Emerging findings on the impact of COVID-19 on black and minority ethnic people

20 May 2020

We explore why black and minority ethnic groups are being hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 could have worrying ramifications for young people’s longer-term health outcomes

Press release
19 May 2020

Health Foundation response to Resolution Foundation findings that younger workers are more likely to have lost work and pay as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Overcrowding is highest for those with low incomes

13 May 2020

People in lower income households are more likely to be in overcrowded accommodation than those in higher income households.

Inequalities and discrimination likely to be playing a significant role in higher rate of black and minority ethnic COVID-19 deaths

Press release
7 May 2020

Health Foundation response to ONS data on COVID-19 related deaths by ethnic group for England and Wales.

Looking at the evidence on the immigration health surcharge

6 May 2020

Lucinda Allen looks into the immigration health surcharge and argues any government review should look at the policy in its entirety.

Deaths from COVID-19 in the most deprived areas are more than double those in the least deprived

Press release
1 May 2020

Health Foundation response to ONS data on deaths involving COVID-19 by local area and deprivation.

Making messages work

21 April 2020

We explore the research literature underpinning the communications principles to help public health advocates deliver more effective and memorable messages.

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