PHE: Community-centred public health: Taking a whole system approach

Author Helen Mthiyane
Posted 2020.01.14 Comments 0

Public Health England (PHE) has conducted research into current practice on whole system approaches to community-centred public health. This builds on previous guidance on community-centred approaches to health and wellbeing. Community-centred approaches are those that mobilise assets within communities, encourage equity and social connectedness and increase people’s control over their health and lives.

Having public health systems that are community-centred is important to reducing health inequalities. Many local areas are prioritising this by scaling action through whole system approaches. This work builds on previous work on whole system approaches to obesity and is part of ongoing work to support and embed place-based approaches to reducing health inequalities.


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