16 / 1 / 2014 1.46pm
The report 'If you could do one thing...Nine local actions to reduce health inequalities' - published by the British Academy, discusses the socioeconomic issues around health inequality and aims to provide advice to policy makers to improve the health of their communities.
The guide aims to improve the connection between social science and public health, and was led by an expert steering group of academic and policy professionals. It is split into several sections with topics from each expert, some of the topics covered include:
- Living wage policy - discusses implementing living wages to root out inequalities, reduce absenteeism, provide work incentives and improve staff health and wellbeing.
- Worklessness - promotes a 'health-first' approach to unemployment which targets ill health rather than skills, and suggests a partnership working model between Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and local authorities.
- Public mental health - suggests that health and wellbeing boards could identify public health interventions and risk factors, to promote resilience and public health.
- Evaluation - discusses the use of analysis, data and metrics and the importance of evaluation and evidence-based policies in health.
The full report can be downloaded from the British Academy website.
The folloiwng links provide further information on health and wellbeing, sickness absence, mental health, the public health responsibility deal and metrics.