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.

Local action on health inequalities: introducing ‘Shaping Places for Healthier Lives’

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27 May 2022

Louise Marshall outlines the Health Foundation’s work with the Local Government Association, funding five place-based partnerships taking system-wide action on the wider determinants of health.

The first comprehensive map of young people’s health inequalities in the UK

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19 May 2022

Rachael McKeown writes about new AYPH work showing the scale and complexity of young people’s health inequalities, and the need for action.

Context matters: what’s needed for young people’s mental health?

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9 May 2022

Martina Kane reflects on varied Health Foundation work to better understand and support young people’s mental health.

Tracking progress on health: keeping it simple

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18 March 2022

Katherine Merrifield and Gwen Nightingale consider the newly relaunched ONS health index’s potential to track progress on health.

How can the UK COVID-19 Inquiry bring about meaningful change?

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Government has published the draft terms of reference for the UK COVID-19 Inquiry. But how can the inquiry be supported to deliver a robust and timely set of findings?

Building public understanding of health and health inequalities

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Exploring public attitudes towards health and health inequalities, and how public health professionals can communicate to improve understanding of evidence.

Campaigning for health: join us

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9 March 2022

Carrie Hume, new Head of Collaboration for Wellbeing and Health, explains her interest in health inequalities, and why public campaigning is so important.

Prevention research matters more than ever

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2 March 2022

Liz Cairncross summarises insights from the four recent UKPRP webinars.

Five tests for tackling health disparities

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10 February 2022

What should the government’s forthcoming white paper on health disparities include? We set out five priorities.

Debt and health

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Government action in 2020/21 eased financial pressures for many. But with those on low incomes and in poor health more likely to experience increases in debt, a debt hangover could yet emerge.

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