Growing healthy communities: The Health and Wellbeing Index

This report by Grant Thornton UK LLP's Place Analytics team examines how collaboration between local authority stakeholders can help address health quality determinants (social, economic and environmental) and result in improved health outcomes (quality of lifestyle and health conditions).

The report is based on league tables that assess 33 key health determinants and outcomes at local authority district level. The analysis reveals the top three determinants that most strongly correlate to health outcomes are child poverty, deprivation and unemployment. Crime ranks as only seventh strongest with childhood education, social cohesions and occupations all proven as having a bigger impact on overall health outcomes.

Phillip Woolley, Partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP, said: "It has long been recognised that the health of a population is strongly linked to the circumstances in which people live. Our health and wellbeing index clearly supports this assertion and highlights the extent to which economic, social and environmental determinants translate to good or bad health outcomes in their broadest sense. It also shows the scale and nature of inequality across the country and reiterates the need for a local, place-based approach to tackling health outcomes."

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