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Improving the determinants of health and well being

I was once asked “why local government didn’t take the determinants of health seriously“. After I’d picked my jaw from the floor, I had think of an erudite answer. I won’t revise or review my answer further.  Health policy is mostly focused (in the minds of the public) on the NHS. The Health Foundation published […]

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Implementing a  health in all policies approach in the context of a public health strategy

What does health in all people policies really mean in the context of a  public health strategy     The original ask of the Leader of the Council and Chief Executive was: ·         Describe what SCC as a “public health organization” would look like ·         “transform ‘public health’ please, from an NHS facing model to […]

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Healthy Sustainable Economies

What does a “healthy, sustainable economy” look like. Some ideas   This is a guest post of work done by others   I’ve been thinking about this issue for a while and not quite nailed it. Fortunately people considerably cleverer than me have had a go at…   here are their thoughts: Peter Roderick, Yannish […]

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Planning processes & healthy cities. The health impact of planning

 The way in which we plan our towns can have enormous benefit to our health Good planning can hardwire “health” into the fabric and infrastructure. Conversely getting it wrong can have adverse consequences. Here are a relatively random set of thoughts on the interfaces for those getting into this space.   1 Intro Locally we […]

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10 Grand challenges for public health

Grand challenges for public healthCDC occasionally write these lists – they are fill of things like healthy ageing, best start in life, climate change, smoking and climacte change. I agree with those. I especially like the “winnable battles” focus. Cormac Russell (@cormacrussell – well worth a follow) wrote a great blog in this space earlier […]

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Ten thoughts on reframing transport policy  as a health investment

Air quality is a problem. We don’t walk enough, we don’t cycle enough, many argue we drive too much esp for short journeys. I’m often asked my view of the solution to “the air quality problem”. My stock answer is – “drive less, walk and cycle more, get the bus, plant trees, the end”. I […]

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parks and bike lanes vs cath labs and cancer drugs.  The value of different forms of investment

Parks are a social good. Almost everyone accepts that. Yet they are under pressure. The Heritage Lottery Fund tell us this annually. NESTA and many others are rethinking parks. 38 Degrees write to me about three times a week asking me to sign petitions to protect parks. Id expect millions have done so We don’t […]