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


A person’s opportunity for good health starts long before they need health care. A healthy society is not one that waits for people to become ill, but one that sees how health is shaped by social, cultural, political, economic, commercial and environmental factors, and takes action on these for current and future generations.

Browse through our publications and resources below to find out more about the issues that impact on people’s health today.

Infographics series on the social determinants

We've produced a series of infographics looking at the political, social, economic, environmental and cultural factors that shape the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age.


Exploring the social determinants of health

A collection of infographics showing the bigger picture of what makes us healthy.


What makes us healthy?

To understand what shapes our health and wellbeing, we need to look at the bigger picture. This infographic explores some of ...

Publications and blogs


Reframing the conversation on the social determinants of health

Analysis of public understanding, expert opinion and the media narrative around health, based on research by the FrameWorks I...

Quick guide

What makes us healthy?

This guide explores how a person’s opportunity for health is influenced by factors outside the health and social care system.

Learning report

A place to grow

The second report in the Health Foundation’s Young People’s Future Health Inquiry, exploring site visits to five locations ar...


The nation's health as an asset

A briefing that asks: what is the social and economic value of maintaining and improving people's health?


Taking our health for granted

This briefing paper assesses the extent of cuts to the public health grant since 2014/15 and projects the amount required per...

Learning report

Listening to our future

Listening to our future is the first report in the Health Foundation's Young people's future health inquiry.


Policies for healthy lives: A look beyond Brexit

Contributors with expertise in public health, employment standards, local government, consumer rights and food policy share t...


Healthy lives blogs

Browse through a collection of our most recent blogs on the social determinants of health, public health and inequalities.


Healthy lives publications

Browse through our collection of reports on the social determinants of health, public health and inequalities

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