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

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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.

What can we do to help those already facing disadvantage, in the COVID-19 outbreak?

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8 April 2020

Members of our Collaboration for Wellbeing and Health share their thoughts and advice on what we can do now to support those in need in these uncertain times.

Four research projects selected to investigate how the health of a population shapes its social and economic outcomes

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2 April 2020

Four projects chosen to be part of the £1.2 million Social and Economic Value of Health in a Place programme, which is designed to generate new knowledge about the ways in which the physical and menta...

The health of places and the health and outcomes of individuals in those places

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A research project by a team at the University of Manchester investigating the extent to which the health of an individual is shaped by the average health of the places they identify with.

Novel methods to explore the value of cognitive health in a place

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A research project by a team at University College London exploring the relationship between cognition and place, and subsequently health and wealth.

Using virtual consultations in the fight against COVID-19

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30 March 2020

We spoke to Professor Greenhalgh about the rapid implementation of virtual consultations in response to COVID-19 and what we can learn from the research in this area. 

Three projects that have successfully spread virtual consultations

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30 March 2020

We shine a spotlight on three of our improvement projects that are playing a key role in rolling out video consultations across the UK.

The public health grant has been increased but is still too low

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30 March 2020

March 2020 chart of the month. The 2020/21 public health grant allocations are a welcome increase, but are not enough to reverse previous cuts entirely.

New healthy life expectancy figures highlight long-term challenges for the country

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27 March 2020

Health Foundation response to healthy life expectancy statistics

Webinar: Evaluating complex systems approaches to improving health

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20 March 2020

How do we know whether systems approaches to tackling complex public health challenges are effective?

Today's public health grant announcement provides some certainty, but more investment is needed over the longer-term

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17 March 2020

Health Foundation response to public health grant allocations.

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