This resource pulls together evidence from successful interventions across key local authority functions about ‘what works’ for improving health and reducing health inequalities. You can also see our related infographics
Nine key areas that can improve public health and reduce inequalities
What is in the resource?
You can access specific web resources for each section below. The report focuses on practical actions that local authority officers and teams can take in these nine key areas:
- the best start in life
- healthy schools and pupils
- helping people find good jobs and stay in work
- active and safe travel
- warmer and safer homes
- access to green and open spaces and the role of leisure services
- strong communities, wellbeing and resilience
- public protection and regulatory services (including takeaway/fast food, air pollution, and fire safety)
- health and spatial planning.
You can read the full report here: Improving the public's health: a resource for local authorities, including an overview written specifically for local authority leaders
Who is it aimed at?
This work is mainly aimed at local authority officers whose everyday activities and responsibilities affect the health of the local population, to help them navigate the wide range of resources, toolkits and case studies that are available. But it will also be of interest to local councillors and communities as they become more engaged in local public health issues and be useful for directors of public health and their teams, in conversations with local government officers.