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Nine local actions to reduce health inequalities

Edited by Professor Kate Pickett, Professor Edward Melhuish, Professor Danny Dorling, Professor Clare Bambra, Professor Kwame McKenzie, Professor Tarani Chandola and Dr Andrew Jenkins, Professor James Nazroo, Professor Hal Kendig and Professor Chris Phillipson and Professor Alan Maynard

This report brings together a collection of opinion pieces on health inequalities from leading social scientists. Each piece identifies one policy intervention that local authorities could introduce to improve the health of the local population and reduce health inequalities.

The report seeks to help local policymakers improve the health of their communities by presenting evidence from the social sciences that can help reduce inequalities in health. With a foreword from Sir Michael Marmot, the report further explores what The Marmot Review confirmed: that socio-economic inequalities affect health outcomes and that there is a social gradient in health. In some senses this is a social sciences dialogue companion to The Marmot Review.

With the current structural changes to public health in England, we hope that this report will be a useful source of information on the evidence base for local policymakers and Directors of Public Health. 

The project has been led by a steering group of academic and policy experts:

  • Dr Jessica Allen, Institute of Health Equity
  • Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Fiona Godlee, British Medical Journal
  • Professor Anthony Heath CBE, FBA, University of Oxford and University of Manchester
  • Professor Miles Hewstone FBA (Chair), University of Oxford
  • Mr Jim McManus, Hertfordshire County Council
  • Professor Kate Pickett, University of York
  • Dame Jane Roberts, New Local Government Network

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