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

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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.

Latest data shows that a child born in the UK today will die nearly 5 years earlier than previously predicted

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12 January 2022

Health Foundation response to the latest Office for National Statistics data on UK life expectancy.

Webinar: Making healthy decisions on urban development and planning

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Monday 13 December 2021, 12.30-13.30

The fourth and final webinar in this series shared emerging findings from UKPRP-funded projects and explored their implications for policy.

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ITT: Brand identity for the Collaboration for Wellbeing and Health

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3 December 2021

We're seeking an agency partner to help develop the brand identity for the Collaboration for Wellbeing and Health. Deliverables include renaming the initiative, brand assets, templates, standards for ...

Webinar: Commercial determinants of health and health inequalities

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Wednesday 24 November 2021, 12.30-13.30

Catch up with the third webinar in this series sharing emerging findings from UKPRP-funded projects and exploring their implications for policy. Speakers from the SPECTRUM consortium shared new eviden...

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Introducing Economies for Healthier Lives

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3 November 2021

How will our four projects, led by partners in Glasgow, Havant, Leeds and Liverpool, deliver place-based improvements to the economy and local people’s health?

Webinar: Systems science in public health: turning thought into action

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Tuesday 2 November 2021, 12.30-13.30

Join us for the second webinar in this series sharing emerging findings from UKPRP-funded projects and exploring their implications for policy.

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Four partnerships chosen to be part of the Health Foundation’s programme to reduce local health inequalities through economic development

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29 October 2021

The Health Foundation has selected four partnerships from across the UK to take part in its new £2.1m programme to support local action on initiatives that can boost local economies and improve health...

If it takes a village to raise a child, why aren’t we doing more to support parents?

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29 October 2021

Anita Mehay and Cara Leavey share their thoughts about the socioeconomic inequalities that can disproportionately affect families from minority ethnic backgrounds, and the recent government announceme...

Webinar: Health in early years – how can we improve opportunities to live a healthy life?

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19 October 2021

Join us for this webinar to hear fresh insights – and their implications for policy – from two important new initiatives. Speakers from the ActEarly research consortium and the Maternal and Child Heal...

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A whole-government approach to improving health

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October 2021

Concerted, holistic action needs to be taken to create the conditions that improve health. We set out the action that central government needs to take to act purposefully as a system, rather than as a...

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