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Places & communities

Despite the well-established effects of places and communities on health and inequalities, remarkably little is known about the local effects of changes to economic systems and their impacts on food, housing, transport and welfare. Local economic changes and external shocks are known to have major implications for all sectors, with widespread direct and indirect effects. It is also now clear that the poor are most at risk in many of these changes. Strengthening research into how effective place-based public health strategies can be delivered in lean fiscal environments meets a widely expressed evidence need of local and national practitioners.

Places and communities is a current NIHR SPHR research programme (2017-2022).

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Implementation of health promotion in schools: a realist review

As part of this project researchers reviewed evidence to identify what influences the successful implementation of health promotion in UK schools.

April 2012 - April 2013

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Evaluating the impact of the changing role of social housing providers on inequalities for residents and communities

This work aims to explore how current changes to the role of housing officers at social housing providers has affected the health and wellbeing of residents, local communities and on other local services.

April 2018 - March 2019

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Shaping a ‘healthier food environment’

This research aims to identify, map and explore the use of policy levers and interventions that can be used to influence population health change, in the common local food system across English Local Authorities (LA).

July 2018 - June 2019

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Health and economic impacts of welfare rights advice in the UK

This research aims to build a working group between SPHR researchers to address outstanding research questions on the broader health and economic impacts of welfare rights advice.

June 2018 - May 2019

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Developing age-friendly rural communities

This research builds on the Age-Friendly Cities (AFC) project, and will focus on rural communities in England and the challenges and opportunities they present for ageing populations.

January 2018 - December 2018

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Supporting community engagement to increase the control that communities have over decisions that affect them

The aim of this project is to use evidence/learning generated from the Communities in Control study to support community engagement (CE) approaches aiming to increase the control that communities have over decisions that affect them.

June 2017 - May 2018

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Evaluating Sheffield's Housing + programme

This project assessed whether the Housing+ programme in Sheffield had a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of tenants.

April 2016 - March 2018

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Active buildings: modelling physical activity and movement in office buildings

Although it is well documented that regular exercise and reduced sitting has positive health benefits, the number of people regularly exercising remains low and sitting time remains high.

November 2012 - March 2015

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Communities in Control Study

The Communities in Control Study (CiC) has investigated the implementation and early impacts of a programme called the Big Local. The Big Local uses funding from the Big Lottery to give residents of 150 disadvantaged areas in England £1 million over ten years to use as they see fit to make their area “an even better place to live”.

January 2014 - March 2017

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