Jan 30, 2020
Welcome to our first roundup of 2020, covering the latest developments across our growing portfolio of urban health programmes. Over the past two months backed some fantastic new partnerships, supported existing projects to expand their work and started developing our two new programmes on the health effects of air pollution and adolescent mental health.
Sitting at the heart of all this work is our unique approach to layering up several, sometimes very different projects and interventions in one place to make lasting change. If you’re interested to find our more about what that looks like in practice, I’d recommend taking a look at our long read on layering interventions within our childhood obesity programme.
Our programme strategy is underpinned by our belief that all children should have the opportunity to be healthy, no matter where they live. We know that schools are a space with significant opportunity to ensure all children can have healthy, nutritious meals and opportunities to run and play. As we continue layering up activities in our childhood obesity programme, we’ve supported new and existing partnerships to drive change across our schools strand:
Our work to date suggests there’s limited evidence about who is at greatest risk of progression to multiple conditions or what is most effective in slowing down progression. That’s why, through our exploratory multiple long-term conditions (MLTC) programme, we’re testing different approaches to find out how the social determinants of health can impact on the progression of long-term conditions. Recent investments include:
Over the last couple of months we’ve been working with a range of partners to better understand the issue of air pollution. We’ve learnt that while poor air quality often makes the headlines, and there’s significant research on the damage it is doing, less is known about what works to reduce its impact on our health.
As we prepare to launch the programme in the next few months, we’ll be sharing what we’ve learnt about people’s experience of air pollution, what the data tells us about air quality in inner city areas and what the evidence suggests about the impact of poor air quality on the health of vulnerable groups.
We’re also excited about our new partnership with the Clean Air Fund (CAF), focused on learning from cities around the world and sharing our own insights as our programme develops. As part of this, together with CAF and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, we’re supporting The Air We Breathe, a year-long series in the Evening Standard exploring the effect of air pollution on Londoners’ health. Each month, the series will explore different themes; from how we heat our homes to why some groups of people in our capital are more vulnerable to adverse health effects than others.
Finally, the eagle eyed amongst you might have noticed that we’ve also started some work to better understand adolescent mental health – our fourth urban health programme launching later in the year. We’re looking for partners to help us with a range of early scoping projects – please get in touch with our recently appointed Programme Director Tamsyn Roberts if you’re interested in helping us with the scoping projects.
Jon Siddall, Director of Funding, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity
23 January, 2020
In our childhood obesity programme, we're designing environmental interventions that work for real lives. Our long-read spotlights how we support several, sometimes very different, interventions in one place to make incremental, lasting change.
16 December, 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.
29 October, 2019
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