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Improving the health of the entire population

Reducing health inequalities

Population health and prevention

Population health is an approach aimed at improving the health of an entire population. It is about improving the physical and mental health outcomes and wellbeing of people within and across a defined local, regional or national population, while reducing health inequalities. It includes action to reduce the occurrence of ill health, action to deliver appropriate health and care services and action on the wider determinants of health. It requires working with communities and partner agencies. // The Kings Fund

Mission and vision statement

The Population Health and Prevention programme works with many stakeholders such as Public Health England (PHE) to embed public health capacity across the wider NHS, public health and social care system.

This includes commissioning an appropriate number of public health specialists to meet demand and improve the public health capability of all professional healthcare staff undertaking training.

This is also achieved through commissioning education and training.



In 2014 the Five Year Forward View called for a radical upgrade in prevention and population health. The NHS Long Term Plan (2019) suggests a robust prevention agenda that aims to strengthen the role of NHS in prevention and reduction of health inequalities through

  • integration of care systems
  • population health management
  • targeted approaches to behaviour change



Find Population Health and Prevention work and activity in your region below:


 - North East and Yorkshire

 - North West

 - Midlands

 - South West 

 - South East - Wessex *Dorset will continue under South East

 - London





Contact us

If you have any questions about other work, please contact php@hee.nhs.uk.