A healthier UK population We believe good health supports positive social and economic outcomes – both for the individual and society as a whole.


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We aim to change the conversation to focus on health as an asset, rather than ill health as a burden – and to promote policies and encourage local action that improves opportunities for a healthy life in the UK.

Our healthy lives strategy draws on our experience of making change happen in complex systems.

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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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Unemployment and mental health

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Long read

Analysis from our healthy lives team shows it’s vital for policymakers to act upstream in tackling...

Briefing

Improving the nation’s health

November 2020
Briefing

In light of COVID-19 and the government’s decision to abolish Public Health England (PHE), this...

Report

Build Back Fairer: The COVID-19 Marmot Review

December 2020
Report

A new report by the Institute of Health Equity, commissioned by the Health Foundation as part of its...

COVID-19 impact inquiry

This UK-wide inquiry will consider the relationship between the pandemic and people's health and health inequalities

What makes us healthy?

We’re working to change the conversation about what makes us healthy.

Evidence for healthy lives

We want a better evidence base for decision making on what works to improve people’s health.

Health as an asset

We want to change the conversation to focus on health as an asset, rather than ill health as a burden.

Young people's future health inquiry

Our Young people’s future health inquiry is a first-of-its-kind research and engagement project that aims to build the policy, research and place-based agenda to improve the future health of today’s young people.

Mobilising action for healthy lives

Lasting change requires all sectors of society – across government, the voluntary sector, the private sector, media and local communities – to acknowledge the impact of what they do on people’s health, and work with the public to take action.

Business and economic strategies to improve health

We're exploring how business and economic strategies can be used to influence the wider determinants of health.

Useful publications and resources on healthy lives

A collection of our healthy lives work looking at the social determinants of health, public health, and inequalities.

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We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

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Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

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