Social determinants of health The social (or wider) determinants of health refer to the social, cultural, political, economic, commercial and environmental factors that shape the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age
Some key social determinants of health are: our education and employment opportunities; our housing; our social networks; and where we live and the extent it facilitates exercise, a good diet and social connection. The Health Foundation’s programme of work on healthy lives complements our portfolio of work to improve health care delivery, and draws on our experience of making change happen in complex systems.
Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.
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 ...
The ONS Health Index not only measures how healthy people are today but also looks at the wider social and economic circumstances that will influence our ability to live healthy lives in the future.
Matt Whittaker, expert advisor for our COVID-19 impact inquiry, looks at emerging evidence of the pandemic’s effect on income inequality in the UK.
In this blog, Jo Bibby discusses the launch of the ONS Health Index and how it could focus minds on what is needed to protect and improve the country’s health in the long term.
To launch Build Back Fairer: The COVID-19 Marmot Review, the Health Foundation and the UCL Institute for Health Equity (IHE) jointly hosted a webinar on Tuesday 15 December 2020.
In light of COVID-19 and the government’s decision to abolish Public Health England (PHE), this briefing explores what needs to be put in place to make progress on the government’s commitments to impr...
Call to prioritise public health as analysis shows at least 77,000 premature deaths result from inequality each year
A new report by the Health Foundation says that, in the wake of the pandemic, there is a window of opportunity to build an improved public health system to take on the major health challenges facing t...
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