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.


Infographic: What makes us healthy?

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

Publications and blogs


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...


Creating healthy lives

September 2019

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


Implementing health in all policies

August 2019

These nine case studies offer valuable insights into the practicalities of delivering a health in...


Reframing the conversation on the social determinants of health

February 2019

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

Learning report

A place to grow

December 2018

The second report from the Young people’s future health inquiry, exploring site visits with young...

Quick guide

What makes us healthy?

March 2018

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


Taking our health for granted

October 2018

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

Learning report

Listening to our future

June 2018

The first report from the Young people's future health inquiry, sharing the learnings from our early...


Healthy lives blogs and long reads

Browse through a collection of our most recent blogs and long reads on the social determinants of...


Healthy lives publications

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

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