Public health Public health is about supporting people to stay well, helping to improve the health of the population through prevention rather than treatment of disease

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Too often when people talk about health, their thoughts jump to issues around health care. But we know that the factors that have the biggest impact on our overall health largely sit outside of health care. Public health can include investment in services such as support to stop smoking, and promotion of healthy eating and improved fitness.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Collaborating on the wider determinants of health

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17 January 2022

Liz Cairncross reflects on some common themes and learning from the Health Foundation’s first grant programme in the public health space.

Webinar: Making healthy decisions on urban development and planning

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Monday 13 December 2021, 12.30-13.30

The fourth and final webinar in this series shared emerging findings from UKPRP-funded projects and explored their implications for policy.

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Webinar: After COP26 – what will it take to get the NHS to net zero?

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Wednesday 8 December 2021, 10.30-11.45

A panel discussion exploring how the NHS can achieve net zero – from an international, national and local perspective – in the context of the COP26 summit.

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Webinar: What does the Spending Review mean for the NHS, social care and public health?

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Thursday 18 November 2021, 12.00-13.15

This webinar will explore what the Spending Review and the future funding picture means for the NHS, social care, and public health. Our expert panel will identify the challenges and discuss how we ca...

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Which is most important for good mental health: paid work, avoiding poverty or money itself?

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17 November 2021

Researchers from the University of Glasgow use longitudinal data to study the relationship between changes in employment, income, poverty and mental health.

An anchor approach to sustainability

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10 November 2021

Drawing on findings from the Health Anchors Learning Network, Jenna Collins explores how the NHS can help combat climate change through its role as an anchor institution.

The UK entered the pandemic in a vulnerable position with both systemic weaknesses in the NHS and poor underlying health

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9 November 2021

Health Foundation response to OECD Health at a Glance 2021 report.

A healthy economy needs healthy people

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9 November 2021

Andrew Goddard, president of the RCP, sets out the importance of cross-government working to put people and health before profit.

Webinar: Systems science in public health: turning thought into action

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Tuesday 2 November 2021, 12.30-13.30

Join us for the second webinar in this series sharing emerging findings from UKPRP-funded projects and exploring their implications for policy.

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