Jul 09, 2019
Welcome to our latest round-up of projects and partners we’ve funded across our portfolio of urban health programmes.
Now into our third year, it’s great to see such a wide range of partnerships developing around the goals of our long-term programmes – from community cooking clubs through to clinical partnerships to improve long-term condition management. I’m confident we’re really starting to deliver on our ambition to layer-up activity and approach these urban health issues from many different angles.
Our childhood obesity programme aims to bring down the high rates we see in parts of our boroughs in line with the areas that have the lowest levels, reducing the number of children and young people reaching an unhealthy weight. We’re working to make it easier for children and families to access healthy, affordable options in the local homes, schools and streets where they spend their time.
In the last couple of months, we’ve continued to build on existing partnerships, alongside setting up a portfolio of projects to help inform the next phase of the programme. Commitments in the last few months include:
Our multiple long-term condition programme aims to slow down people’s progression from one to many long-term conditions. Through this exploratory programme, we’re working to better understand the relationship between people’s health, their lives and the places they live in the journey to multiple conditions.
We’ve recently supported several partnerships with the local health and care system to help improve our understanding and build the foundations for the programme. Our latest commitments include:
In Lambeth, we’ve recently committed a further £500,000 to support this work through the development of Neighbourhood Based Care and Wellbeing Networks as part of the borough’s Lambeth Together plans. In Southwark, we’ve committed a further £500,000 to support the development of Partnership Southwark and the plans for Neighbourhood Based Care, Coordination and Wellbeing Networks. We will continue to work with partners across Lambeth and Southwark during the next few years to realise the potential of these networks.
As usual, we’ve also been busy sharing what we’re learning through the programmes to help inform others tackling health issues in urban environments.
If you haven’t seen it already, I’d recommend taking a look at our recently updated approach to place-based programmes, including a few fascinating blogs from some of our partners and one from me on things we’ve learnt along the way. Those of you who attended our recent event on urban health with The King’s Fund will recognise a few of the stories about how we combine data, evidence and insights from people's lived experience to guide how we approach our programmes.
Looking ahead, during the next few months we’ll be sharing insights from our childhood obesity programme with the Department of Health and Social Care to inform their plans to halve childhood obesity by 2030. We’re also pulling together the insights from our latest research on how social factors like finances and employment might influence the progression of multiple long-term conditions – mentioned in my last round-up.
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09 July, 2019
Every two months, our Director of Funding, Jon Siddall, will be sharing highlights of what we’ve been up to across our portfolio of programmes at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.
04 June, 2019
We’ve started an international learning partnership with research institute Arnhold Institute for Global Health in the US comparing efforts to improve health in two urban settings - Lambeth and Southwark here in London and East Harlem in New York.
02 May, 2019
We have started an international learning project to help us build our understanding of how living in urban areas affects people’s health and wellbeing.