A healthier UK population We believe good health supports positive social and economic outcomes – both for the individual and society as a whole.


We aim to change the conversation to focus on health as an asset, rather than ill health as a burden – and to promote policies and encourage local action that improves opportunities for a healthy life in the UK.

Our healthy lives strategy draws on our experience of making change happen in complex systems.

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How to talk about the building blocks of health

July 2022

A communications toolkit showing people how to tell a more powerful story about health.


Evidence hub: What drives health inequalities?


Data and insight highlighting how the circumstances in which we live shape our opportunities for...


A whole-government approach to improving health

October 2021

Concerted, holistic action needs to be taken to create the conditions that improve health. We set...

Research report

Unequal pandemic, fairer recovery

July 2021
Research report

A comprehensive review of the factors that affected the UK’s devastating COVID-19 death toll.

Health inequalities in Scotland: An independent review

The Health Foundation will be carrying out an independent review to build a better understanding of health and health inequalities in Scotland over the past two decades. 

COVID-19 impact inquiry

This UK-wide inquiry explored the relationship between the pandemic and people's health and health inequalities

What makes us healthy?

We’re working to change the conversation about what makes us healthy.

Evidence for healthy lives

We want a better evidence base for decision making on what works to improve people’s health.

Local government’s role in building a healthy society

We’re working with local government to highlight how councils can help build a healthy society and fix the gaps that cause health inequalities.

Health as an asset

We want to change the conversation to focus on health as an asset, rather than ill health as a burden.

Young people's future health inquiry

Our Young people’s future health inquiry is a first-of-its-kind research and engagement project that aims to build the policy, research and place-based agenda to improve the future health of today’s young people.

Mobilising action for healthy lives

Lasting change requires all sectors of society – across government, the voluntary sector, the private sector, media and local communities – to acknowledge the impact of what they do on people’s health, and work with the public to take action.

Business and economic strategies to improve health

We're exploring how business and economic strategies can be used to influence the wider determinants of health.

Useful publications and resources on healthy lives

A collection of our healthy lives work looking at the social determinants of health, public health, and inequalities.

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We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

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The Q community

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

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