Heart disease is still a major cause of disability and death, and it particularly affects people in socioeconomically disadvantaged groups.
October 2012 - September 2015
Supporting Public Health Practice to reduce health inequalities: a review of SPHR research evidence
Research Team: Professor Jennie Popay, Dr Louise Lafortune, Ms Elizabeth McGill, Dr Charlotte Woodhead, Professor Clare Bambra, Professor Dame Margaret Whitehead, Dr Matt Egan & Professor Liddy Goyder
Who's involved: LiLaC, University of Cambridge, Fuse, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London & University of Sheffield
July 2018 - December 2018
The Health and Social Care Act (2012) transferred public health services to local government agencies and gave them new duties to improve population health and wellbeing and tackle the multiple dimensions of health inequalities (e.g. across socio-economic groups, ethnic groups, gender, geographical area, age). Public Health England (PHE) also has a duty “to protect and improve the nation’s health and to address inequalities” and a PHE Health Equity Strategy Board now provides leadership on this duty.
The work within SPHR has established health inequalities as a cross cutting research theme. This project aims to support SPHR to: (i) increase the profile of, and access to the research evidence it has already produced that has potential to support local action to address health inequalities and (ii) maximise the relevance of future research for this policy and practice agenda.
The specific research objectives are to:
This will be done by undertaking an in depth review of the final research reports of completed SPHR projects, telephone or Skype interviews with the project leads, an exploration of ways to ensure research produced supports local action by public health practitioners in addressing health inequalities and workshops with SPHR members, public health practitioners and members of the public to draw key learning from the findings. The research outputs will include; a report to the SPHR executive, at least one research briefing and at least one peer reviewed journal article.