Economies for Healthier Lives A new funding programme to strengthen relationships between economic development and health

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This programme is closed for applications.

  • A £1.72m funding programme to support partnerships to promote health and reduce health inequalities through economic development strategies.
  • The Economies for Healthier Lives programme will support four partnerships across the UK with funding of between £300,000 and £500,000 for up to three years.
  • Partnerships will be led by a local authority or a statutory regional body and will bring together a range of organisations including an academic and collaboration partner.

The Health Foundation has launched a new funding programme to strengthen relationships between economic development and health. 

Good health has social and economic value for individuals, society and the economy. It is an enabler of the prosperous and flourishing societies that governments strive to achieve. People’s health relies not only on health care, but also on their economic circumstances – income, wealth, whether they have a job, and the type of work they do. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the strong links between the economy and health. It has not been a ‘great leveller’ but rather is having an unequal impact on our already unequal society. 

As we seek to rebuild the economy post-pandemic and ‘level up’ UK regions, there is an opportunity to create more inclusive economies geared towards reducing inequalities and improving health. This is set out in our recent report Using economic development to improve health and reduce health inequalities.

Through this programme, we will support local and regional partnerships to implement some of the ideas in that report by integrating economic development activity with work to improve health and/or reduce health inequalities.  

Further reading

Research report

Using economic development to improve health and reduce health inequalities

September 2020
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