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.
To understand what shapes our health and wellbeing, we need to look at the bigger picture. This infographic explores some of the social determinants that influence our health.
This paper presents an overview on if the research literature has paid as much attention to the transition to adulthood compared with experiences during the teenage years
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...
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
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.
Creating ACE-informed places: promoting a whole-system approach to tackling adverse childhood experiences in local communities
This project is aiming to improve how effectively public services in England prevent and mitigate the negative impact of adverse childhood experiences.
This project will test the impact of an asset-based community development approach on building the social networks of social housing tenants and people seeking sanctuary.
This project will involve working with communities to co-design and deliver a small-scale test and learn project to evaluate the impact of weekly community-based group meetings on the health of partic...
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