Dec 16, 2019
Welcome to the latest roundup covering the recent developments across our portfolio of urban health programmes. Every two months I share highlights of new partnerships we’ve built through our current programmes, and how these are helping achieve our ambitious plans to tackle complex urban health issues in South London.
Central to our childhood obesity programme is the belief that all children should have the opportunity to be healthy, no matter where they live. Our programme focuses on achieving that by closing the childhood obesity inequality gap – bringing the high rates of childhood obesity in neighbourhoods with the lowest incomes down to the level of more affluent ones. Here are a few examples of partnerships we’ve recently established to help achieve that goal:
In our multiple long-term conditions programme, alongside healthcare, we’re looking at how people’s social context – and experience of what is sometimes called the wider determinants of health – influence progression from one to many conditions. There’s growing evidence that meaningful employment plays an important role in the journey to multiple conditions. Here are a few examples of how we’ve started to support employers to create health-promoting workplaces for people at risk of progressing to multiple conditions:
Over the last couple of months we’ve been working with a range of partners including King’s College London Environmental Research Group, Global Action Plan, Opinium, London Sustainability Exchange, BMG Research and CrispAir to better understand air pollution in our boroughs.
Early insights from this work suggest that although vehicles are the single biggest source of air pollution in our boroughs, there are many other significant sources, including commercial cooking, construction and domestic boilers. We’ve also been struck that, when asked directly about air pollution, people are concerned about the issue. However, it is rarely top of people’s mind and in many areas it is behind concerns like crime.
We’ll be sharing more insights from our initial portfolio of work along with plans for our programme on the health effects of air pollution in 2020.
Jon Siddall, Director of Funding, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity
29 July, 2020
Every two months, we share highlights of what we’ve been up to across our portfolio of programmes at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.
17 June, 2020
Announcing Andy Ratcliffe as our new Executive Director of Programmes.
11 June, 2020
Our decision to remove the statues of Thomas Guy and Robert Clayton from public view.