A healthier UK population We believe good health supports positive social and economic outcomes – both for the individual and society as a whole.


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We aim to change the conversation to focus on health as an asset, rather than ill health as a burden – and to promote policies and encourage local action that improves opportunities for a healthy life in the UK.

Our healthy lives strategy draws on our experience of making change happen in complex systems.

Latest reports and long reads

Long read

What the quality of work means for our health

About 13 mins to read

Read about how the quantity and quality of employment has changed over the last 10 years, and the...

Long read

The nation's health

About 8 mins to read

We explore worrying trends that have emerged in the UK’s health in recent years and set out...

Analysis

Mortality and life expectancy trends in the UK

November 2019

Since 2011 improvements in life expectancy in the UK have stalled, and for certain groups of the...

Analysis

Creating healthy lives

September 2019

This publication makes the case for an ambitious, whole-government approach to long-term investment...

What makes us healthy?

We’re working to change the conversation about what makes us healthy.

Evidence for healthy lives

We want a better evidence base for decision making on what works to improve people’s health.

Health as an asset

We want to change the conversation to focus on health as an asset, rather than ill health as a burden.

Young people's future health inquiry

Our Young people’s future health inquiry is a first-of-its-kind research and engagement project that aims to build an understanding of the influences affecting the future health of young people.

Mobilising action for healthy lives

Lasting change requires all sectors of society – across government, the voluntary sector, the private sector, media and local communities – to acknowledge the impact of what they do on people’s health, and work with the public to take action.

Business and economic strategies to improve health

We're exploring how business and economic strategies can be used to influence the wider determinants of health.

Useful publications and resources on healthy lives

A collection of our healthy lives work looking at the social determinants of health, public health, and inequalities.

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Work with us

We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

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The Q community

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

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