Inequalities 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.

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.

Understanding inclusive growth and health in practice

Research project

This project aims to generate new depth to our understanding of inclusive economic strategies and their impact on health outcomes.

Investing in health is a win for everyone

Newsletter feature
29 May 2019

Professor Dame Sally Davies, CMO for England, on why we need to reframe how we look at health and her hopes for the future health of the nation.

Plain talking about what makes us healthy

Newsletter feature
29 May 2019

Social awareness drives change. And yet media headlines reflect and reinforce an individualistic understanding of health, with limited mentions of health inequality. We discuss how changing the conver...

A welcome shift in conversation

30 May 2019

With a string of reports in the press on stalling life expectancy, growing inter-generational unfairness and the depth of the cuts from the austerity agenda, it seems that the way we think about healt...

Preventable deaths and deprivation

28 May 2019

May 2019 chart of the month. The risk of preventable death is at least three times higher for people living in the most deprived 10% of local areas compared to those living in the least deprived 10% o...

The NHS as an anchor institution

21 May 2019

How can NHS organisations act as anchor institutions in their local communities and positively influence the social, economic and environmental conditions in an area to support healthy and prosperous ...

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