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Social disadvantage in the UK has a lasting impact on childhood asthma

Children experiencing social disadvantage in their first few years of life have a greatly increased risk of asthma persisting into adulthood. These are the findings of a study by SPHR researchers, published today in the journal Thorax, looking at the early life circumstances of thousands of UK children and their risk for persistent asthma as teenagers.

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Community interventions for older adults

The aim of this project is to develop a better understanding about co-located community interventions that focus on the mental health and wellbeing of older adults by exploring what works, for whom, and under what circumstances.

1st October 2020 - 31st March 2022

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Increased walking and cycling post-lockdown will likely reduce deaths from heart disease and cancer

A study funded by the School shows people who walk and cycle to work are at reduced risk of early death or illness compared with those who commute by car.

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Evaluating the efficiency and equity impact of food policies to improve population health

This work package aims to develop a method to estimate the impact of changes in diet in response to public health policies into medium and long term health, economic benefits and equity impacts to evaluate local food interventions.

01 Jan 2020 - 31 Mar 2022

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Equal England

The aim of the Equal England network is to expand the successful Equal North network of over 550 members to build a national community of academics, researchers, practitioners, and members of the public across England who share a common interest in addressing health and social inequalities.

November 2019 - March 2022

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Local government interactions with harmful commodity industries

The aim of this project is to better understand the nature and extent of interactions between companies that produce unhealthy products and local government.

December 2019 - March 2022

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Knowledge exchange: engagement and translation of learning points into action and impact with stakeholders

This is the knowledge exchange (KE) work package for the Places & communities programme (P&C). ‘Knowledge exchange’ translates research evidence into practice for public and practitioner audiences and endorses collaborative work between researchers, decision-makers and members of the public. It also includes a study designed to test how local authorities are translating programme findings into policy and practice.

January 2019 - March 2022

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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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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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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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