Public health works across communities and populations rather than at the level of the individual. It emphasises collective responsibility for health, its protection and disease prevention. Key to this is the recognition of the key role of the state, linked to a concern for the underlying socio-economic and wider determinants of health, as well as disease. Partnership working with all those who contribute to the health of the population is a main aim of public health action at all levels – nationally, regionally and locally.
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We work in partnership with colleagues in the NHS (National Health Service), local authorities and other agencies, such as Yorkshire Forward, to improve and protect the health and well-being of local populations. This involves looking at issues that influence and are affected by health and wellbeing such as housing, education and skills, culture, community engagement, the economy and transport, as well as looking at health inequalities within our region.
Key is our work to support the negotiation and review of Local Area Agreements, through which we look for opportunities to improve health and well-being, according to local need.