Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

New Report on Tackling Health Inequalities

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

New Report on Tackling Health Inequalities

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A new report from the Royal Society for Public Health has issued a call to action for local authorities and those responsible for public health services to invest in the development of the wider public health workforce in order to reduce avoidable illness and health inequalities.

Tackling health inequalities: The case for investment in the wider public health workforce presents a comprehensive literature review of evidence for the societal impacts of the wider workforce. This includes any organisation or individual that is not a professionally qualified public health specialist, but has the ability to improve the public's health. This report identifies five key aspects to this workforce: health trainers, health champions, Making Every Contact Count (MECC), non-health professionals including town planners and architects and the creation of 'healthy settings'.

Key findings in the report highlight the fact that with effective training, individuals can be provided with the skills and confidence to support their friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to achieve and sustain positive lifestyle changes. …

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