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Public health leaders push for joined-up approach to health promotion and prevention

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) supports the call for a new, comprehensive approach to public health and prevention of ill health.

In a report published this week, the Academy of Medical Sciences called for a joined-up approach to research that will combat the health challenges posed by our ageing population, obesity and climate change.

FPH President, Professor John Middleton, said: "This report sends a strong message to policymakers that they should take into account the implications for public health, health promotion and prevention of disease in every policy area. FPH has been making the case for many years that tackling ill-health and disease – whether physical or mental – is not just an issue for the Department of Health.

"It also highlights the need to tackle the root causes of ill-health and disease. These can include genes, lifestyle, deprivation, exposure to violence and environmental change and hazards."

FPH welcomes the report’s call for regional hubs for public research and development and for a body of funders to identify gaps in our public health knowledge so funding can be directed to where it is most needed.

Professor Middleton said FPH will continue to work with its partners to push public health and prevention up the agenda across government departments and the wider public sector.

Read more about the report Improving the Health of the Public by 2040.

Written: 29/09/2016 , last modified: 27/10/2016