Report Launch

Public Health: How Can Local Government Address the Wider Determinants of Health?

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Our latest report launch will explore the transition of public health from the NHS to local government. This event will bring together leading figures to discuss the challenges and successes with this new perspective on public health policy-making.

Public health has done well in influencing people-focused services over the past four years. However, the report will highlight some areas for development:

    – Local economic development and benefits departments have the lowest level of engagement across all local authority departments, according to our survey.
    – District councils are less likely to be engaged in public health strategy. But districts have a major role in affecting health outcomes, with responsibility for areas like housing and planning.
    – Our research found that 95% of Directors of Public Health agree their workforce needs to develop soft skills like communication/influencing, and storytelling with data
    – Public health teams should increasingly encourage citizens to take more responsibility for themselves, such as by using technology.

The launch will feature a panel discussion on the report’s findings and recommendations. We are delighted that Sharon Hodgson MP, Shadow Minister for Public Health, will be leading the discussion. She will be joined by Dr Jessica Allen, Joint Deputy Director at the Institute of Health, Jim McManus, Director of Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council and Dr Kate Ardern, Director of Public Health at Wigan Council.

All attendees will receive a free hard copy of the report, and will be provided with refreshments at the post-launch reception.

If you are interested in attending this event, please get in touch by emailing