Improving Public Health and Reducing Health Inequalities

Our public health theme has been co-designed by and is directly managed by our local authority (LA) partners to support them to deliver their statutory responsibilities to improve the health of their populations and reduce inequalities in health.  

The theme management group is jointly chaired by an LA representative and the theme’s academic lead. 

The theme's neighbourhood resilience programme is based in our network of 10 relatively disadvantaged neighbourhoods for learning and it aims to enhance resilience in these neighbourhoods by using evidence from research alongside the experiential knowledge of the people who live and work there to address upstream social, economic and/or environmental drivers of health inequalities.   The CLAHRC NWC Improving Public Health Programme provides a valuable opportunity for joint working  between residents, local workers and policy makers and other local stakeholders.  

If you would like to find out more about our work in the area, please contact the Theme Leader, Professor Jennie Popay via or Libby Osborn via

Research BITES

Social Isolation and Loneliness - A review of the evidence

Assessing the effectiveness of Selective Licensing in England - A review of the evidence 


Barr Ben, Higgerson James, Whitehead Margaret. Investigating the impact of the English health inequalities strategy: time trend analysis BMJ 2017; 358 :j3310

Martin Whiteford, Glenn Simpson, (2016) "“There is still a perception that homelessness is a housing problem”: devolution, homelessness and health in the UK", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 19 Issue: 2, pp.33-44,  

Porroche-Escudero, A. 2016. "Empoderamiento: el santo grial de las campañas de cáncer de mama". RIS, 74 (2): e031.  

A. Problematizando la desinformación en las campañas de concienciación sobre el cáncer de mama. Gaceta Sanitaria. 2017 Feb 2. Available from,
DOI: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2016.11.003

Ohly H, Crossland N, Dykes F, et al A realist review to explore how low-income pregnant women use food vouchers from the UK’s Healthy Start programme BMJ Open 2017;7:e013731.
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013731

Research Briefings

Credit unions: reducing vulnerability to debt

Tracing absentee private sector landlords