Health equity

Evidence, resources and guidance from Public Health England and partners to help support national, regional and local areas to reduce health inequalities.

These resources can help local authorities, commissioners and decision makers make plans to reduce inequalities in health.

If you have any queries or comments on the Health Equity collection page, please contact the Health Equity team at

Guidance for system wide approaches to reduce health inequalities

Reducing health inequalities requires a system wide approach. These guidance papers show ways of how to support local action, as well as how to adopt a health in all policies approach.

Children and young people

These evidence reviews and briefings provide a focus on children and young people, including topics such as: good quality parenting, building young people’s resilience in schools and reducing the number of young people not in employment or training and improving the home to school transition.

Community engagement and asset based approaches

Information on using community engagement and asset based approaches to reduce health inequalities. There is also a national conversation on health inequalities collection.

NICE guidelines for Community engagement: improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities

E-learning on the Community-centred approaches to health improvement programme

Practice examples of Community-centred and asset-based approaches

Health matters blog on Community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing

Data and intelligence reports on health inequalities

Epidemiology, surveillance and health profile tools that provide information to support monitoring of local, regional and national outcomes in reducing health inequalities.

The Local Health tool

Health Profiles

Public Health Outcomes Framework

The Segment Tool: segmenting life expectancy gaps by cause of death

Longer lives

Wider determinants of health tool

Marmot indicators for local authorities in England

Economics and health equity

These resources help local commissioners achieve value for money in their public health programming approach.

Healthy places

The healthy places team has a number of resources in their homes for health collection page, which provide plans, advice, and guidance about the relationship between health and the home. There is also guidance on health and green spaces, cold homes and how to use planning principles to improve health and reduce health inequalities.

Inclusion health

These resources focus on inclusion health groups, which are often the most marginalised groups in England - vulnerable migrants, gypsies and travellers, homeless people and sex workers.

Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Inclusion Health Audit Tool

Prevention and early treatment

This guidance outlines public health interventions that can improve the health of the population and reduce health and care service demand when applied at sufficient scale and orientated to reducing health inequalities.

Public sector equality duty

Work, health and inclusive growth

These evidence reviews and briefings focus on work, health and inclusive growth with topics such as: increasing employment opportunities, improving health through workplace interventions, the promotion of good quality work and using the Social Value Act to improve health outcomes.

Published 15 January 2018
Last updated 23 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added links to Health inequalities: place-based approaches to reduce inequalities, Community-centred public health: taking a whole system approach, Health Equity Assessment Tool (HEAT).

  2. Added 'Getting Research into Practice (GRIP): study report.'

  3. Added 'Health inequalities: reducing ethnic inequalities' to the collection under 'Guidance for system wide approaches to reduce health inequalities' section.

  4. Added link to the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Inclusion Health Audit Tool.

  5. Added public sector equality duty reports to the collection.

  6. Added "Promoting good quality jobs to reduce health inequalities" to the collection

  7. First published.