Voluntary Sector action can help tackle inequalities

Deprivation is a key factor in children’s accidents. New reports from the UCL Institute of Health Equity, The Health Foundation and New Philanthropy Capital highlight the role of charities and the voluntary and community sector in taking action on health inequalities resulting from social, economic and environmental conditions - the social determinants of health.

Voluntary Sector Action on the Social determinants of Health examines the three main pathways through which social determinants can impact on health, including:

  • Material deprivation
  • Material factors
  • Health behaviours

The report looks at a range of key messages, including the evidence of links between health inequalities and social determinants of health in areas such as family, housing, transport, our surroundings and community safety – all of which can have direct or indirect influence on children’s health, safety and wellbeing. The report explores the relevance for charities which are often well-placed to take action because of the services they deliver and their proximity to the communities they engage with.

Keeping us well: How non-health charities address the social determinants of health aims to support non-health charities to better understand and use the evidence about the social factors which impact on people’s health and wellbeing. The work has been designed as a gateway to the Institute of Health Equity’s Evidence Review which provides a more extensive summary of the existing evidence on the impact of various social determinants on our health.

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Updated January 2018