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.
This report summarises recent trends related to smoking, poor diet, physical inactivity and harmful alcohol use – the leading risk factors driving England's high burden of preventable ill health ...
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
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, Chief Executive of the Health Foundation, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
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
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
Episode 18. Is it time to get much tougher on the risk factors? And will politics allow national government to do what it takes?