Tackling the Social Determinants of Health

Overview Our health is shaped by a range of factors outside our control, including the circumstances in which we were born, work and age. These are the social determinants of health and they shape our opportunity to live healthy lives. The Health Foundation’s grant programme Taking Action on the Social Determinants of Health funds partnership … Continued

Public health specialists regulated by UKPHR

At one time, the UK’s Public Health Register might have been regarded as the “new kid on the block” but not anymore. Started in 2003, the Register has grown to be the pre-eminent regulator of public health professionals – registering specialists, Specialty Registrars and practitioners. Regulating public health specialists has been quite a journey. Pre-September … Continued

The Plimsoll award in public health goes to…..

10 February is Plimsoll Day. You might think this is a day for celebrating gym shoes – you know, the rubber-soled shoes where your feet stay dry as long as water does not come above the line of the sole. But did you know that plimsolls acquired their name because of the resemblance to the … Continued

Health system funding: where would you put the money?

Health and care systems across the globe are under pressure. New technology and treatments create supplier induced demand. Consumer expectations and increasing numbers of people living with non-communicable disease only add to this demand. Health inequalities in countries like the United States[i] and England[ii] are widening. So where would you put any extra money to make a … Continued

What’s in a name? A call to reframe non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

The debate opened up through the article by Allen and Freigl (Lancet, February 2017 and July 2017) is timely and welcomed. This has been an on going challenge for those working on NCD prevention and one that has not been fully addressed or resolved. This is probably because it is not possible, given the broad scope of NCDs … Continued

At the table or on the menu? Public health and trade negotiations

The quote from the American public health speaker and writer Midy Aponte “If you don’t have a seat at the table, bring your own chair” brings to mind one of the Just William stories. William and his friends meet as usual in the old barn in high spirits, which fall very quickly on seeing that the tempestuous … Continued