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.