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Healthy Futures #10: Sustainable Development and Health Inequalities

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Summary:imageHealth inequalities are a significant issue in England; where social status influences life expectancy, quality of life and life chances. Wider determinants, including social, cultural, economic and environmental factors, have an impact on health and wellbeing. The poorer socio-economic groups in society feel the negative health effects of these disproportionately. Influential environmental factors include climate change, food, transport, green space and the built environment.

The NHS has a key role to play in tackling health inequalities through both the services it provides and the way it operates. Through acting as a ‘good corporate citizen’ in its local community, the NHS can adopt a sustainable development approach to have a positive impact on the wider determinants of health.

This tenth, and final, issue of our Healthy Futures publications focuses on how the NHS and its partners can contribute to reducing health inequalities, and how, in tackling the environmental determinants of health, decision makers can help prevent ill health, reduce inequalities and reduce the resource intensity and cost of the NHS.

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