IPH action areas in health inequalities - developing healthy and sustainable communities

How do living environments and communities affect health inequalities?

"Communities and neighbourhoods that ensure access to basic goods, that are socially cohesive, that are designed to promote good physical and psychological well-being and that are protective of the natural environment are essential for health equity."

Sir Michael Marmot, 2010

Where people live affects their health. There are a number of elements of the living environment that influence health including the built environment and the communities in which people live. The design, maintenance and location of buildings influence health. Similarly, public spaces and transport networks can facilitate health by providing opportunities for physical activity, social interaction and access to social goods.

Disadvantaged people are more likely to live in poor quality built environments and have limited access to transport and local amenities supporting healthy choices.

The creation of healthy sustainable places and communities should go hand in hand with sustainable development and the mitigation of climate change. The IPH Corporate Plan 2010-2013 proposes developing 'healthy and sustainable communities' as a key action area. In particular, IPH is concerned with the health impacts of climate change, active transport and health inequalities relating to these issues.

Built Environment

Developing healthy, sustainable communitues and health inequalities: IPH portfolio

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