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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A unique health challenge
London has a unique mix of high need and high cost, and co-existing
extremes of wealth and poverty and poor and good health seen in no other
city in the world. Specific health challenges include:
- Earlier onset of illness
- An ethnically diverse population speaking over 300 languages
- Disproportionately high levels of HIV, Tuberculosis, teenage pregnancy,
mental illness, drug & alcohol dependency, and sexually transmitted
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In common with other Regional Public Health Groups (RPHGs), workstreams are
largely based on the priorities for public health outlined in
‘Choosing Health – Making healthy choices
easier’ ( Opens a new window) and for inequalities in
‘Tackling Inequalities: A programme for Action’
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the context of the capital, as well as ensuring that health aspects are
considered in all major developments and initiatives in the capital.
However unique to the RPHG-London, our Regional Director also acts as
the Mayor’s Health Adviser and the Group plays a central role in a
pan-region health body, the London Health Commission.
The RPHG-London extends to a wider RPHG consisting of: Health Protection
Agency, London Deanery, London Health Commission, London Health
Observatory, London Region Quality Assurance Reference Group and Thames
Cancer Registry. Additional partners include: Association of London
Government, Greater London Authority and functional bodies, King’s
Fund, London Assembly, London Resilience, Mayor, National Institute for
Health and Clinical Excellence NHS Confederation, NHS in London, Sport
England and voluntary sector organisations.