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 ...
Low income workers at greater risk of unemployment and mounting ill-health as furlough scheme unwinds
New analysis by the Health Foundation reveals that an economic crisis is likely to have unequal impact on people with the lowest incomes.
There are multiple causes of obesity, but people’s exposure to them are not the same across the country. This analysis explores the unequal exposure to potential causes of obesity between traditional ...
Inequalities and discrimination likely to be playing a significant role in higher rate of black and minority ethnic COVID-19 deaths
Health Foundation response to ONS data on COVID-19 related deaths by ethnic group for England and Wales.
At the Health Foundation we are mobilising support for the health and care system to help in as many ways as we can in the fight against COVID-19, with a flurry of new work taking place over the last ...
This project is aiming to embed evidence and learning from previous research within practices at both Bromley by Bow in East London and with other organisations throughout the UK.
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