Healthy lives publications Browse through our collection of reports on the social determinants of health, public health and inequalities

Our publications below look at the factors that impact on health and discuss how where people live, work and play determines their future wellbeing.

A whole-government approach to improving health

Briefing
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October 2021

Concerted, holistic action needs to be taken to create the conditions that improve health. We set out the action that central government needs to take to act purposefully as a system, rather than as a...

Unequal pandemic, fairer recovery

Research report
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July 2021

A comprehensive review of the factors that affected the UK’s devastating COVID-19 death toll.

Improving the nation’s health

Briefing
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November 2020

In light of COVID-19 and the government’s decision to abolish Public Health England (PHE), this briefing explores what needs to be put in place to make progress on the government’s commitments to impr...

Using economic development to improve health and reduce health inequalities

Research report
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September 2020

This report sets out how economic development can be used to improve people’s health and reduce health inequalities in the UK.

Mortality and life expectancy trends in the UK

Analysis
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November 2019

Since 2011 improvements in life expectancy in the UK have stalled, and for certain groups of the population, gone into reverse. This analysis explores what has happened, who is affected and what is dr...

Creating healthy lives

Analysis
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September 2019

This publication makes the case for an ambitious, whole-government approach to long-term investment in the nation’s health. It includes five big shifts needed to embed a shared goal to improve health ...

Implementing health in all policies

Analysis
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August 2019

These nine case studies offer valuable insights into the practicalities of delivering a health in all policies approach in different contexts, sectors and levels of government.

Reframing the conversation on the social determinants of health

Briefing
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February 2019

Analysis of public understanding, expert opinion and the media narrative around health, based on research by the FrameWorks Institute, commissioned by the Health Foundation.

The local health environment

Thought paper
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December 2018

The CMO’s annual report 2019 considers what the state of the public’s health in England in 2040 could look like. The Health Foundation was invited to author a chapter setting out a vision for the crea...

A place to grow

Learning report
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December 2018

The second report from the Young people’s future health inquiry, exploring site visits with young people in five locations around the UK.

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