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Tackling Health Inequalities through Action on the Social Determinants of Health: Lessons from Experience


UCL Institute of Health Equity

Subject Keywords: Social determinants of health
Topic: Health Inequalities
Health Inequalities
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: United Kingdom

Briefing 10 - Lessons from experience

This document, commissioned by Public Health England (PHE), and written by the UCL Institute of Health Equity, sets out 12 points to consider when taking action locally on the social determinants of health.

It is intended as a source of information on approaches to consider when devising local programmes and strategies to reduce health inequalities. It complements the other briefings and evidence reviews in this series, which provide more detail on action on specific social determinant areas, such as employment and early years interventions, including information on impacts and cost effectiveness where available.

The 12 steps are divided across three parts. The first part sets out four strategies that help prioritise action on health equity. The next steps are principles of effective action on the social determinants of the health, presented in the second part. Finally, the steps in part three outline ways of ensuring that measures to increase health equity are sustainable and have impact over the long term.

The briefing is available to download above.

This document is part of a series. An overview document which provides an introduction to this and other documents in the series, and links to the other topic areas, is available on the ‘Local Action on health inequalities’ project page. A video of Michael Marmot introducing the work is also available on our videos page.





Rights: © PHE
Suggested citation:

UCL Institute of Health Equity. (2014) Tackling Health Inequalities through Action on the Social Determinants of Health: Lessons from Experience [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 20th November 2019].


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