We work with others and fund projects in inner-city areas to tackle major urban health issues
Childhood obesity, multiple long-term conditions and air pollution are some of the biggest health challenges in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. They are also complex issues for other urban areas in the UK and internationally. By adopting a place-based approach, we aim to build a deeper understanding of what it takes to address these two complex health challenges both locally and beyond.
We’re currently working to:
Since 2017, we've taken a place-based approach to urban health. This means developing an understanding of how the local environment - such as the social context and economic factors - affect people's health. We create partnerships to address the many different causes of complex health challenges. Using our funding and expertise, we back evidence-based approaches from around the world, home-grown initiatives and exciting, brand-new ideas.
We work at three scales:
We do this by:
We draw on a variety of resources to support this work, including giving financial support to partners, relationship and network building, and our ability to take risks as an owner of property and other assets.
In practice, this means we offer different types of funding, as well as non-financial support. We give out grants and many other types of investment, including debt and equity investments. We make introductions, build collaborations and bring in world-class specialists and local experts to support the organisations we fund.
We try to tread lightly as a funder and be responsive to feedback. We don’t have lengthy application forms. Instead, we focus on building strong supportive relationships to co-produce projects with great people and organisations. We listen, understand and meet the needs of the organisations we fund to help them be the best they can be.
02 May, 2019
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.
30 April, 2019
Our Neighbourhood Schemes focus on driving change around a health issue within a small geography or defined community, targeting the issue from many angles.
18 April, 2019
We take a place-based approach to addressing complex health issues prevalent in urban areas, focused on driving better health locally and testing whole-system solutions.