Healthy lives blogs and long reads A collection of our most recent blogs and long reads on the social determinants of health, public health and inequalities

Hear from the experts on the social determinants of health and read up on what they think can help or hinder your potential to live a healthy life.

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.

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.

Introducing Economies for Healthier Lives

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3 November 2021

How will our four projects, led by partners in Glasgow, Havant, Leeds and Liverpool, deliver place-based improvements to the economy and local people’s health?

If it takes a village to raise a child, why aren’t we doing more to support parents?

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29 October 2021

Anita Mehay and Cara Leavey share their thoughts about the socioeconomic inequalities that can disproportionately affect families from minority ethnic backgrounds, and the recent government announceme...

Going green: what do the public think about the NHS and climate change?

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What do the public think about climate change, health and the NHS net zero ambition, and why does this matter? Genevieve Cameron, Anya Gopfert and Tim Gardner present findings from our latest polling.

The challenge of going green: creating a more sustainable Health Foundation

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19 October 2021

As a funder, investor and a workplace, environmental sustainability should be a 'green thread' running through all Health Foundation activities. Tom Hardie describes our organisational approach to cli...

Five tests for levelling up health

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12 October 2021

Expectations around the imminent levelling up white paper are high. But will it truly seize the opportunity to level up health? Here are our five tests to assess the white paper's level of commitment.

Health is wealth – investors can no longer afford to ignore it

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8 October 2021

National and local governments have the power to address the root causes of health, and they do, to an extent. But investors and businesses have considerable agency over commercial health determinants...

How could the Health and Care Bill strengthen action on health inequalities?

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The NHS has an important role in narrowing health inequalities, but progress has been slow and the pandemic has shown more tangible action is needed. We explore how the Bill could be used to bolster a...

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