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 ...
Ann Hagell and Rahkee Shah from the Association of Young People's Health explores inequalities faced by young people in the UK based on health-specific data for those aged 10–24.
New Health Foundation research finds that one in three UK employees report being in low-quality jobs. The analysis also shows that people in low-quality jobs are much more likely to have poor health a...
Find out how newly-won Conservative constituencies compare when it comes to the health of the people living there, and what the new government needs to focus on in order to improve health.
Recent data sheds light on loneliness in the UK using new indirect measures. These indicate that the population of lonely people is 13%, larger than the 9% identified from the direct measures alone. T...
This project will involve scaling up the Liverpool APP approach, which provides a social treatment option for primary care teams to address underlying causes of ill health, for example financial hards...
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