housing and public health

Where we live is a wider determinant of our health, and drives health inequalities.  The more deprived the neighbourhood, the more likely it is to have social and enviromental characteristics presenting risks to health.  (Marmot, 2010).

8.6 million people rent their homes from a social landlord in England, almost half living in the most deprived 20% neighbourhoods. Those living in social housing report considerably poorer health and wellbeing compared to the general population.   Of the 750,000 strong housing workforce, a least a third are in the position to improve health and well being through their customer contacts. 

Public Health England commissioned Sitra to carry out a study on the impact of the housing workforce on health outcomes, build case studies and develop a suite of training to enable housing providers to develop their staff to become part of the wider public health workforce. These resources will equip staff to begin conversations with their customers about their health on topics such as smoking and harmful drinking, dementia, mental health and wellbeing.

 phe and sitra The full report, with a foreword from Royal Society for Public Health
phe and sitra research Detailed research findings on the potential of the housing workforce to deliver public health messages
phe and sitra case Case studies that demonstrate the existing range of initiatives where housing providers are contributing to public health outcomes
nhs alliance and sitra Free training resources for housing workforce that enable them to contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of their customers