The Health Foundation has launched a time-limited UK-wide inquiry to consider:

  • how people’s experience of the pandemic was influenced by their health and existing inequalities

  • the likely impact of actions taken in response to the pandemic on people’s health and health inequalities – now and in the future.

A healthy population is one of any nation’s most important assets. Good health supports positive social and economic outcomes – both for the individual and society as a whole.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there were already signs that the health of the people in the UK was falling behind comparable countries:

  • Our report on Mortality and life expectancy trends in the UK showed that the UK has a lower life expectancy and slower improvements in life expectancy than comparable high-income countries.
  • The Marmot Review 10 Years On, published in February 2020, highlighted that not enough progress has been made over the past decade to address unjust and avoidable differences in people’s health and wellbeing.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the wider governmental and societal response have further exposed the inequalities in our society.

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‘Levelling up’ just got much harder

5 October 2020
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A look at the Health Foundation's COVID-19 impact inquiry: a UK-wide inquiry exploring the...

What will the inquiry do?

The inquiry is gathering evidence from a wide range of sources to consider how experiences of the pandemic were influenced by people’s existing health conditions and inequalities in health. This will highlight implications for the government decision making and the investment needed to ensure everyone can enjoy the same opportunity for good health and wellbeing.

We aim to share the findings from the inquiry in Summer 2021, as part of our work on the wider determinants of health and health inequalities.

The inquiry is being carried out by an in-house secretariat at the Health Foundation, guided and informed by an expert advisory panel.

Find out more

Press release

COVID-19 – now is the time to redraw the UK’s map of inequality

5 October 2020
Press release

We're launching a UK-wide inquiry, warning of rising health inequalities due to the COVID-19...

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Watch: Why do we need the COVID-19 impact inquiry?

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Members of our expert advisory panel for the COVID-19 impact inquiry share why they think this work...

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COVID-19 impact inquiry team

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The inquiry is being carried out by an in-house secretariat at the Health Foundation, with guidance...

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Launch event: COVID-19 impact inquiry

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The Health Foundation has launched the COVID-19 impact inquiry, a UK-wide inquiry exploring the...

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If you’d like us to stay in touch about our COVID-19 impact inquiry, please sign up to receive updates. If you have any questions about the inquiry, please contact COVID-19impactinquiry@health.org.uk.

Further reading

Report

Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On

February 2020
Report

A new report by the Institute of Health Equity and commissioned by the Health Foundation that...

Collection

Blog series: COVID-19, health and health inequalities

Collection

We round up emerging evidence on the unequal impact of the pandemic and the wider governmental land...

Analysis

Mortality and life expectancy trends in the UK

November 2019
Analysis

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

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Will COVID-19 be a watershed moment for health inequalities?

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the wider governmental and societal response, have brought...

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