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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Regional Health and Well-being Strategy
Work is now underway on ambitious plans to transform the traditionally poor
health of the North East. The area’s first ever health and
well-being strategy aims to make people living here the healthiest
in the country within a generation.
Minister for the North East Nick Brown launched Better Health, Fairer
Health in 2008. It contains ten key themes:
- economy, culture and environment
- mental health, happiness and well-being
- obesity, diet and physical activity
- prevention, fair and early treatment
- early life
- mature and working life
- later life
- a good death.
Regional advisory groups have been established to take forward
this work and updates on their
progress are available.
Public Health North East has a strategic role working with other regional
organisations to address the factors that contribute to the historically
poor levels of health in the area.
They also lead and support the local implementation of national health
- tobacco control
- antenatal screening
- improving diet/reducing obesity
- workplace health
- sensible drinking.