Local government’s role in building a healthy society We’re working with local government to highlight how councils can help build a healthy society and fix the gaps that cause health inequalities

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Right now, in the UK, some people are dying years younger than they should. Poverty, poor quality housing, and low paid or unstable jobs all impact people’s physical and mental health.

To create a healthy society for everyone, we need all of the right building blocks in place: access to secure housing, good jobs with fair pay, quality education, and much more. These building blocks give people a solid frame to withstand life’s shocks and challenges – and local government can make a big difference in building healthier lives in the communities they serve. 

On this page you can find a number of resources for local government.

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Communicating about health

Creating a healthy society requires greater action on the wider determinants of health – the many different social, cultural, political, economic, commercial and environmental factors that influence our health. However, in the public debate about how to improve health in the UK, health inequalities and the wider determinants are often left out or misunderstood.

We’ve been working with the FrameWorks Institute to help people think differently about health.

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How to talk about the building blocks of health

July 2022
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A communications toolkit showing people how to tell a more powerful story about health.

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Building public understanding of health and health inequalities

14 March 2022

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Exploring public attitudes towards health and health inequalities, and how public health...

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Thinking differently about health

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We’re working with the FrameWorks Institute to help people think differently about health.

What drives health inequalities? evidence hub

Our What drives health inequalities? evidence hub brings together data, insights and analysis exploring how the circumstances in which we live shape our health.

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Evidence hub: What drives health inequalities?

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Data and insight highlighting how the circumstances in which we live shape our opportunities for...

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Debt and health

20 January 2022

About 17 mins to read

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Government action in 2020/21 eased financial pressures for many. But with those on low incomes and...

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How transport offers a route to better health

25 February 2021

About 21 mins to read

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Transport affects the health of people across society, in multiple ways. Investing in transport is...

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Better housing is crucial for our health and the COVID-19 recovery

28 December 2020

About 27 mins to read

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Housing problems such as overcrowding, poor quality and unaffordable homes are a threat to health....

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Living in poverty was bad for your health long before COVID-19

25 July 2020

About 16 mins to read

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COVID-19 has thrown inequalities in health and society into sharper focus. Adam Tinson explores the...

Infographics

Explore our infographics – an accessible and engaging resource to help change the conversation about what makes us healthy. You are welcome to download, save and share them for education and non-commercial use.

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Infographic: What makes us healthy?

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

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How is work good for our health?

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By providing good work for all, we can reduce socio-economic inequalities and create a healthier...

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How do our education and skills influence our health?

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Our latest infographic looks at how health is influenced by education and skills, and the...

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Transport and health

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Infographic looking at the links between our health and transport

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Poverty and health

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Infographic looking at how our money and resources can influence our health.

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How do our family, friends and community influence our health?

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Infographic illustrating how our family, friends and community build the foundations for good...

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How do our surroundings influence our health?

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Infographic looking at how health is influenced by how places, spaces and buildings make us feel,...

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Our food and our health

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Infographic looking at how our health is influenced by the food we eat.

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How does housing influence our health?

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This infographic illustrates the main ways in which the links between housing and health play out.

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