Public health

Public health is about supporting people to stay well, helping to improve the health of the population through prevention rather than treatment of disease


Too often when people talk about health, their thoughts jump to issues around health care. But we know that the factors that have the biggest impact on our overall health largely sit outside of health care. Public health can include investment in services such as support to stop smoking, and promotion of healthy eating and improved fitness.

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

People in the most deprived areas of England spend less time in good health

26 September 2019

September 2019 chart of the month. 

Promotion of cheap tobacco and alcohol runs counter to the government's stated objective of preventing ill health and reducing inequalities

Press release
11 September 2019

Health Foundation response to the Chancellor’s announcement of return of EU duty-free.

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 ...

Public Health England annual conference 2019

4 September 2019

The Health Foundation will be exhibiting and have speakers presenting at the Public Health England annual conference from 10-11 September 2019.

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...

Five big questions about how the increasing automation of work will affect our health

30 August 2019

Increasing use of automation at work is likely to lead to many changes in the job market. What might this mean for the health of the UK population?

Should we bother about the future? If so, how much?

16 August 2019

The future is complex and uncertain, but not predetermined. In many areas policy decisions taken (or not taken) today will shape health and care in the future, for better or worse.

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