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Programmes

We work with others and fund projects in inner-city areas to tackle major urban health issues

We take a place-based approach to our work, addressing a small number of complex health challenges at a time. We partner with others to learn what works and test a combination of approaches. We share what we find with other organisations tackling similar issues.

Our urban health programmes in 2019/20

£14.3m

in funding given to support urban health projects

126

new partnerships set up

Our urban health programmes

Childhood obesity, multiple long-term conditions, air pollution and adolescent mental health are some of the biggest health challenges in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. They are also complex issues for other urban areas in the UK and internationally. By adopting a place-based approach, we aim to build a deeper understanding of what it takes to address these two complex health challenges both locally and beyond.

We’re currently working to:

  1. Reduce childhood obesity
  2. Slow down people’s progression to multiple long-term conditions
  3. Find innovative solutions to the health effects of air pollution

In 2021, we’re launching a programme to address adolescent mental health.

Our programme approach

Since 2017, we’ve taken a place-based approach to urban health. This means developing an understanding of how the local environment – such as the social context and economic factors – affect people’s health. We create partnerships to address the many different causes of complex health challenges. Using our funding and expertise, we back evidence-based approaches from around the world, home-grown initiatives and exciting, brand-new ideas.

 

We work at four scales

  • Neighbourhood – we test whole-system solutions by setting up a range of projects and initiatives within a small and defined geography, to test and demonstrate their combined impact
  • Borough – we address systemic obstacles to help adopt approaches and ideas that depend on a larger scale model to have impact
  • National – we influence social and policy barriers, and encourage others to adopt successful local approaches
  • International – we share our learnings with others across the globe who are tackling urban health challenges in their areas

 

How we do it

  • focus on long-term, specific goals that shape everything we do
  • look at the wider needs of people and the broader determinants of their health
  • concentrate our efforts where evidence shows we will have the greatest impact, and then layering up several projects, ideas and initiatives that approach the issue from different angles
  • support a variety of projects and partners, scaling up over time and refining as we go
  • invest in evaluation and learning to make improvements to help share what we find with others

We draw on a variety of resources to support this work, including giving financial support to partners, relationship and network building.

Urban health issues in Lambeth and Southwark

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