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.

LGA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2022

From Tuesday 28 June 2022, 8.30-17.30

The Health Foundation will be exhibiting at the LGA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2022 event on 28-30 June 2022.

Webinar: What should the COVID-19 inquiry focus on?

Thursday 23 June 2022, 10.00-11.15

In this webinar, we looked at the key questions for the inquiry and explore ways in which it could be most impactful.

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Association between household context and emergency hospital use in older people

Journal article
18 June 2022

Relationship between domestic environments and use of hospital care by older people.

Local action on health inequalities: introducing ‘Shaping Places for Healthier Lives’

27 May 2022

Louise Marshall outlines the Health Foundation’s work with the Local Government Association, funding five place-based partnerships taking system-wide action on the wider determinants of health.

Inaction on cost of living suggests government hasn’t grasped that health and wealth are intertwined

Press release
17 May 2022

Health Foundation response to the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) survey highlighting the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on health.

Dr Jennifer Dixon appointed to UK Health Security Agency board

28 April 2022

Dr Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive of the Health Foundation, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

Staggering difference in life chances for those in poorest areas of England

Press release
25 April 2022

Health Foundation response to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data on Health state life expectancies by national deprivation quintiles (England: 2018 to 2020).

Will the rising cost of living be paid for by our health? – with Dame Clare Moriarty and Bim Afolami MP

22 April 2022

Episode 19. Will the rising cost of living be paid for by our health? And what more should government do to help?

Time to get tougher on the risk factors fraying our health? – with Professor Kevin Fenton and Richard Sloggett

4 April 2022

Episode 18. Is it time to get much tougher on the risk factors? And will politics allow national government to do what it takes? 

A government that truly valued the nation's health would have gone further today to protect families

Press release
23 March 2022

The Health Foundation's response to the Chancellor's Spring Statement 2022.

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