England is comprised of nine regions which possess powers and functions delegated by central government. The nine regions are East Midlands; East of England; Greater London; North East England; North West England; South East England; South West England; West Midlands; Yorkshire and the Humber.

Policy responses

In the past policy responses in England were first very much a top down approach while recently more of a local focus has been adopted. Public Health programmes are moving from NHS coordinated initiatives to local government actions, which are addressing specific needs of certain areas of the country and/or population groups. The direction of initiatives is thus coming from the national level, while the action is taking place at the lower level. It is expected that this trend will continue in the future.

An overview of regional policy responses addressing health inequalities can be found in our Policy Database.


Good practices

An overview of local and regional projects and initiatives that are currently taking place or that have successfully been finalized, and that are addressing health inequality issues, can be found in our Project Database.

Key actors

Please find below an overview of key actors in England working on health inequality issues:

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Key resources

Please find below a short overview of key documents and resources (produced at regional level) addressing health inequality issues in England. More publications can be found in our Publications Database.

  • Fair London, Healthy Londoners? Published by the London Health Commission (2011), the report provides an overview of current health inequalities in London, both in terms of health outcomes and also in relation to key indicators for the wider social determinants of health. It is intended to illustrate the current situation and to stimulate and inform discussion on the focus for future action across London.

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