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Improving methodology for place and community-based public health natural experiments and interventions

This project will develop a new practical guide aimed at local and national public health practitioners and will discuss when (and when not) to conduct natural experiments, how they could be designed, what different methods are available for analyses, and how the results of these place-based natural experiments should be interpreted.

April 2019 - September 2020

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Places & communities - What is known? Stakeholder views and research synthesis

This project aims to inform local level decision-making on delivering place-based strategies to improve health and reduce inequalities during times of economic insecurity. 

April 2019 - September 2020

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Mapping the child health system at a local level to reduce health inequalities

Giving every child the best start in life is a policy priority in England, yet we currently lack understanding of how to support children at a local level. To address this, we are undertaking a programme of research to better understand child health systems at a local level in order to identify opportunities for intervention.

April 2019 - March 2020

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Harnessing data to improve child health

Children in the UK have poor health compared to other Western European countries, and there are large and increasing inequalities in child health, including for mental health and obesity. Over the last 20 years numerous reviews of evidence and policy have repeatedly emphasised the need to provide better support early in children’s lives if we are to have any chance of significantly reducing the inequalities in life chances experienced by people in the UK. To address these challenges, we propose a programme of work with a focus on harnessing data to evaluate systems-based approaches for improving children and young people’s outcomes.

November 2018 - March 2022

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Examining the policy context for reducing health inequalities among children and young people

In order to identify and explore local system-wide approaches to reducing inequalities in children and young people’s health in England, it is essential to have a rounded understanding of current national policies. We also need to understand the issues that local policy makers and practitioners are navigating to try and implement these policies in a local decision-making context. This research will be framed by a social determinants of health perspective to ensure we identify the full range of policies with the potential to influence child health inequalities.

March 2019 - August 2020

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Improving child health and reducing inequalities

We aim to inform policy and practice to improve child health and reduce inequalities in England by developing a research programme to address two research areas, co-produced with the other programmes and cross-cutting themes.

November 2018 - March 2022

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Improving public mental health in adults experiencing psychosocial stresses and life transitions

This is the fourth work package in the Public Mental Health programme and focuses on identifying promising public mental health interventions which improve mental health in adults.

March 2019 - September 2020

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Blog: Have you haddock enough?

Writing for the Fuse blog, Louis Goffe discusses working with takeaway owners and industry partners to offer smaller portions of fish & chips.

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Blog: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try and try again…

Writing for the Fuse Blog, Dr Susanne Moffatt talks about the journey to secure "the big grant" for the Ways to Wellness project.

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More than enough on our plates: Tackling the obesity crisis by shrinking fish and chips

A smaller portion of fish and chips has been embraced by takeaway owners and customers, research has found and may well be healthier for us.

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