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 ...
Young people face an impossible choice between either quality housing or good work. Jo Bibby explains the ramifications of this choice, and what needs to be considered when developing housing policy.
Promotion of cheap tobacco and alcohol runs counter to the government's stated objective of preventing ill health and reducing inequalities
Health Foundation response to the Chancellor’s announcement of return of EU duty-free.
New Health Foundation report shows government is failing to invest in the nation’s health by focusing on short-term spending.
A joint grant programme with the Local Government Association for councils to work with partners from their local area to take action to improve health and address health inequalities through tackling...
Increasing use of automation at work is likely to lead to many changes in the job market. What might this mean for the health of the UK population?
These nine case studies offer valuable insights into the practicalities of delivering a health in all policies approach in different contexts, sectors and levels of government.
The future is complex and uncertain, but not predetermined. In many areas policy decisions taken (or not taken) today will shape health and care in the future, for better or worse.
Research shows socioeconomic disadvantage during youth can have lasting physiological consequences. Liz Cairncross lays out the evidence and effects.
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