Communities for health: How health and wellbeing became everyone’s business

    This learning resource was designed to inform local authority managers as they develop their role as orchestrators of public health locally. It draws out the main lessons from ‘Communities for Health’, the seven year programme funded by the Department for Health. We undertook this study in collaboration with the Institute of Health Equity and the document includes a foreword from the director of the institute Prof. Sir Michael Marmot.

    Our learning resource was created using action learning sessions with Communities for Health co-ordinators, who helped us understand the specific ways in which Communities for Health instigated change. It focuses in particular on the potential for health and wellbeing practitioners to instigate change. It describes the health inequalities challenge, and then looks at lessons and learning from the Communities for Health programme.

    We also included project summaries form the programme, and previous programme wide analysis. These are designed to show how Communities for Health projects were used by practitioners in deliberate ways to reduce health inequalities by influencing areas of public services beyond health.

    Communities for Health – LGID Practitioner Guide

    Client: Local Government Association

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