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.

If young people can’t afford to move to UK cities for work, that’s a health issue

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18 September 2019

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.

ITT: Evidence review and deliberative workshops on green space, blue space and other public space

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17 September 2019
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This invitation to tender is open for application until 13:00 on Tuesday 19 November 2019.

ITT: Exploring public attitudes and experiences of health inequalities

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17 September 2019

This invitation to tender is open for application until midday 17 October 2019.

Promotion of cheap tobacco and alcohol runs counter to the government's stated objective of preventing ill health and reducing inequalities

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11 September 2019

Health Foundation response to the Chancellor’s announcement of return of EU duty-free.

More strategic, long-term investment needed across government for a healthy and prosperous nation

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10 September 2019

New Health Foundation report shows government is failing to invest in the nation’s health by focusing on short-term spending.

Shaping places for healthier lives

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Opens Nov 2019

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...

Five big questions about how the increasing automation of work will affect our health

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30 August 2019

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?

Implementing health in all policies

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August 2019

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.

Should we bother about the future? If so, how much?

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16 August 2019

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.

Stress in childhood and over the life course – our bodies pay the price

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15 August 2019

Research shows socioeconomic disadvantage during youth can have lasting physiological consequences. Liz Cairncross lays out the evidence and effects.

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