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.
As little as 10% of a population’s health and wellbeing is linked to access to health care. This infographic looks at some of the social determinants that influence our health.
Throughout 2018, the Health Foundation is proud to have been involved with two inspiring partnerships, both of which are encouraging people to empathise and engage in conversations about health.
Health Foundation response to the Office for National Statistics release on children’s and young people’s experience of loneliness.
As part of our Young People’s Future Health Inquiry, we spoke to young people (aged 22-26) from across the UK to discover the factors that helped or hindered them in their transition to adulthood.
We spoke to Yannis Munro, Mental Health Advisor at The Prince’s Trust, about how a complex adaptive systems approach is helping to map the web of connected issues which influence the mental health of ...
Zoe is one of the young people who helped with our the research inquiry in North Ayrshire. She talks about some of the key issues that emerged in her area and how they reflect on her own experiences g...
Jo Bibby explains how our Young People's Future Health Inquiry helped us gain a deeper understanding of some of the common challenges young people face and the opportunities they have to overcome them...
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