CUSP London Series Seminar (2): Mapping interventions to address social factors related to health_Anant Jani
From Yijing Li
Social factors related to health (e.g. housing, transport, employment, education, nutritious food, clean water, etc.) account for 80% of health outcomes, while access to healthcare professionals and facilities only contributes 20%. Accounting for social factors related to health is essential for good urban planning. In this webinar, overview was provided on: how social factors related to health contribute to population health; initiatives underway by NHS-England to more proactively address social factors related to health; work being undertaken in collaboration with NHS-England, the Royal College of GPs and the University of Oxford to create a public observatory that will be updated weekly to highlight variation in social need across a sentinel network of 500 nationally representative GP practices across England.
It is envisaged that the information from the public observatory will be used by urban planners, local authorities and the NHS to design and implement strategies to improve population health through various interventions including better urban design/planning. Given the potentially devastating COVID aftermath we are facing, the need to address social factors related to health will be essential.