Healthy Neighbourhoods

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In June 2020, a Public Health England report revealed how the impact of Covid-19 has replicated existing health inequalities and, in some cases, has increased them. These inequalities are unfair and avoidable and are widening the existing gaps between our communities. On top of long-standing issues in our society such as poor air quality and sedentary lifestyles, Covid-19 has presented a public health crisis that the NHS alone cannot fix. Action needs to be taken to address the factors that contribute to these inequalities – including the environments and communities in which people live and work.

The legacy of this pandemic is likely to be a renewed call to action for sectors outside of health to step up and support the wellbeing of citizens. So what is the role of the built environment sector in this?

This project shone a spotlight on live projects to demonstrate how planning, housing, economic development, leisure, regeneration and others can come together with public health to address health inequalities and deliver positive change.

Drawing from insights across London and the UK, it highlighted how health and housing sectors as well as the built environment more broadly can work more effectively together to bring about better outcomes for local people and build more resilient neighbourhoods.

Download the Healthy Neighbourhoods: Working Together report

Health inequalities in numbers
830,000 Households in England were classified as overcrowded as of March 2020 [1]
39% Of people in overcrowded homes indicated psychological distress during lockdown [1]
19 years Is the gap in life expectancy between the most and least deprived areas of England [2]
100,000 deaths Per year in the WHO European Region can be attributed to inadequate housing and housing hazards (such as noise, damp, indoor air quality) [3]

Upcoming events

3 March, 2 to 3.30 pm
Sharing best practice: final report launch
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Past events

27 May, 10am to 11.30am
Tackling the health crisis together webinar
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29 June 2021, 2pm to 3.15pm BST / 9am to 10.15 am EST
New York City virtual field trip
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4 November 2021, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Navigating health and overcoming barriers seminar 
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Get involved

We’re keen to connect with organisations involved in working with health and the built environment. If you have experience to share or are interested in partnering with FoL on this project, please contact Hannah Gibbs.


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