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.

Developing local authority champions of research through an embedded research culture

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A scoping exercise of  different approaches currently being used to support evidence-informed policy and practice to improve health and wellbeing and tackle inequalities in local government settings.

Meaningful work is vital for people’s health and wellbeing

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1 March 2019

Health Foundation responds to ONS statistics on young people not in employment, education or training.

A welcome sweetener?

4 March 2019

Will the new sugary drinks levy change our attitudes and behaviour?

Keeping us healthy is not all about the NHS

28 February 2019

Tackling the issue facing millions across the UK of spending years in ill health will only happen through a comprehensive prevention strategy.

The Marmot Review 10 Years On

27 February 2019

Sir Michael Marmot blogs about stalling life expectancy increases and the importance of tackling the health inequalities that underlie it

Watch: The Marmot Review 10 Years On

25 February 2019

Watch Professor Sir Michael Marmot and Dr Jennifer Dixon explain why this review is needed.

Investment in preventative services is needed to ensure healthy development in childhood and beyond

25 February 2019

Health Foundation response to the Health and Social Care Committee report on the First 1000 days of life

Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On


The Health Foundation and the Institute of Health Equity are working on an analysis of health inequalities in England and update of the Marmot Review to be published in February 2020, on the 10-year a...

Reframing the conversation on the social determinants of health

February 2019

Analysis of public understanding, expert opinion and the media narrative around health, based on research by the FrameWorks Institute, commissioned by the Health Foundation.

Health Foundation selects five projects for new programme on taking action on the social determinants of health

6 February 2019

The Health Foundation has selected five projects to take part in its new programme to improve people’s health by taking action on the social determinants of health.

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