The social determinants of health and the role of local government

This collection of articles assesses what local government can do to tackle the social conditions that lead to health inequalities. Written by distinguished practitioners and academics, the publication builds on the recent Marmot Review report, 'Fair society, healthy lives'.

Some of the articles are deliberately challenging and provocative. Some of them present a picture of what is already happening in local government. Some look to what more local authorities could do, either with additional powers or by using their existing powers and remit. All will challenge and extend your current thinking.

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Foreward and introduction (PDF, 7 pages, 315KB)

Chapter 1: What makes people healthy and what makes them ill? (PDF, 5 pages, 115KB)

Chapter 2: Using the concept of 'place' to understand and reduce health inequalities (PDF, 10 pages, 286KB)

Chapter 3: Making a difference: using NICE guidance and embedding evaluation (PDF, 5 pages, 154KB)

Chapter 4: The changing public health workforce (PDF, 3 pages, 106KB)

Chapter 5: Greenwich - health is everybody's business (PDF, 2 pages, 124KB)

Chapter 6: North East Lincolnshire - integrating public health with local government (PDF, 2 pages, 99KB)

Chapter 7: Embedding health in a vision of 'Total Place' (PDF, 2 pages, 132KB)

Chapter 8: Local Government - what does it mean for the frontline? (PDF, 14 pages, 200KB)

Chapter 9: Local public health intelligence (PDF, 3 pages, 106KB)

Chapter 10: Inequalities, assets and local government (PDF, 3 pages, 141KB)

Chapter 11: Integrating social marketing into what we do (PDF, 3 pages, 134KB)

Chapter 12: The enforcement role of local government as a tool for health (PDF, 2 pages, 105KB)

Chapter 13: Health impact assessment (PDF, 2 pages, 107KB)

Chapter 14: Using scrutiny to improve health and reduce health inequalities (PDF, 2 pages, 98KB)

Chapter 15: The local authority as employer (PDF, 2 pages, 108KB)


2 November 2010

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