Find reports on a range of topics about health equality from the IHE and other organisations
Indicator Set: The impact of the economic downturn and policy changes on health inequalities in London
IHE have developed a set of indicators in order to measure the impact of the recession and welfare reforms in London, available on the indicator set report page. We have also produced a short document of key messages from the report.
This work, conducted by the IHE for the London Health Inequalities Network, complements our report, published in 2012, 'The Impact of the Economic Downturn and Policy Changes on Health Inequalities in London'.
Health Inequalities in the EU
This review was commissioned by the European Commission (EC), with the aim of producing a report on current health inequalities within and between countries in the EU and the actions being taken to combat them by the EC and its member states. The report was prepared by IHE in partnership with APHO, HAPI and Eurohealthnet.
i. documents and reviews the health inequalities situation in the EU including recent trends.
ii. documents and reviews the policy response to health inequalities at EU, national and, where relevant, sub-national levels.
iii. provides an analysis and commentary including implications and suggestions for possible future actions.
The full report is available on the EU report page, and there is also a press release and a Guardian article on the cost of Health Inequalities.
Review of Social Determinants and the Health Divide in the WHO European Region
The WHO Regional Office for Europe commissioned this review of social determinants of health and the health divide to identify actions needed to address health inequities within and between countries across the 53 Member States of the European Region.
This review was carried out by a cross-disciplinary consortium of Europe’s leading experts, chaired by Sir Michael Marmot and supported by a joint secretariat from the Institute and the WHO Regional Office for Europe.
The final report was published on the 30th October 2013. The executive summary is available along with press releases and other documents on the WHO European Review project page.
Working for Health Equity: The Role of Health Professionals
IHE have produced a report and are launching a programme of work on what health professionals can do to tackle health inequalities. This report and programme has received contributions and commitments from 19 royal colleges and other organisations.
The full report and executive summary are available on this page.
An Equal Start: Improving Outcomes in Children's Centres
Today the IHE is launching an outcomes framework for children's centres, which calls for a renewed focus on supporting good parenting and the environment in which parents live and work. It builds on existing frameworks and draws the best available evidence of what is important in early years, the views of practitioners and parents, and the work that government continues to take forward around the early years.
Action Needed to Reduce Impact on Health Inequalities from Recession and Welfare Changes
The UCL Institute of Health Equity is calling for action by local and national government to reduce a potential increase of health inequalities in London as a result of the economic downturn and welfare changes.
To find out more, please read our report, ‘The impact of the economic downturn and the welfare reforms on health inequalities in London’.
'Two Years On' Data
To mark the two year anniversary since The Marmot Review ('Fair Society, Healthy Lives') was published, on the 15th of February we released new data on key health inequalities indicators at local authority level.
To find out more, please read:
Or to see the data in more detail, go to the the LHO website.
The Institute of Health Equity
We are very pleased to announce the establishment of the UCL Institute of Health Equity. This will build on previous work to tackle inequalities in health led by Professor Sir Michael Marmot and his team, including the ‘Commission on Social Determinants of Health’ and ‘Fair Society Healthy Lives’ (The Marmot Review).
The new Institute receives support from the Department of Health, UCL and the BMA. It will seek to increase health equity through action on the social determinants of health, specifically in four areas: by influencing global, national and local policies; by advising on and learning from practice; by building the evidence base, and; by developing capacity.
Current work includes leadership of a review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide for the WHO European Regional Office, EU Reviews and a programme of work in England to develop and embed social determinants approach to health inequalities in the health system and beyond. Please see the 'Institute work' section for more details on the work the Institute is currently undertaking.