For us, ‘place’ has three complementary meanings:
Our place is Lambeth and Southwark – two vibrant areas in the capital and examples of urban, inner-city areas similar to many other places around the world. We have been working in our place in South London for over 500 years. Since 2017, we've taken a more focused approach – engaging with the specificity of our area, its assets and challenges – to draw richer insights on complex health issues.
Focusing on place is an important part of improving people's health. We believe the best approaches to place-based health take plenty of time to understand their area and their communities, are ambitious in their goals and involve many different partners in their solutions.
At their best, place-based approaches can help to:
In our work in inner-city London, we have chosen to focus on driving whole-system solutions to improving health. This involves working purposefully and in partnership with many other actors – from local residents to government bodies, community organisations and the private sector. We look not only to drive better health locally but also to build evidence on how to tackle complex health issues in urban areas.
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As an urban health foundation, we explore how living in cities impacts on people’s health and wellbeing. We use our own insights and learn from others, identifying what works to inform practice and policy.
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Our Neighbourhood Schemes focus on driving change around a health issue within a small geography or defined community, targeting the issue from many angles.
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We combine data, evidence and the lived experience of people in our communities to guide how we approach our programmes, building partnerships at different scales to drive better health in our communities and well beyond.