Public health challenges are complex requiring cross functional targeted, approaches to tackle them, alongside a deep understanding of the needs of defined populations. COVID-19 has shown the UK to be an unequal society and has exposed a crisis in public health services, including inadequate funding, variations in workforce capability and capacity and a need for clarity over roles responsibilities and accountabilities.
The pandemic has raised awareness of public health’s role in health protection, ill health prevention as well as promoting and prolonging healthy live years for all. It has also demonstrated the potential of public health to use community assets and tackle local health issues effectively.
Despite unequivocal evidence that prevention is more cost effective than treatment, funding cuts and a lack of focus on prevention hinder progress in reducing health inequalities and addressing the impact of social determinants on the physical and mental health of the population.
The future of public health report series features six reports on the crucial role of public health and the actions needed to optimise the link between health and productivity to drive economic recovery and positive societal impact.
Register for the virtual event on 7 December.