Health matters: public health issues

Facts, resources and information on major public health issues for public health professionals, local authorities and CCG commissioners.

Welcome to Health matters, Public Health England’s (PHEs) professional resource, which includes infographics, videos, case studies and slide sets alongside written content. This brings together in one place the most informative data and the best evidence of what works in addressing major public health problems, which is particularly useful for:

  • public health professionals
  • clinical commissioning groups
  • health and wellbeing boards
  • local authorities

Each edition of Health matters focuses on a specific public health topic, setting out the scale of the problem and the evidence for cost-effective interventions. We also signpost people to additional data, resources and important facts.

The Health matters blogs provide additional insight into the public health topics being covered by each edition.

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Cold weather and COVID-19

Air pollution


Antimicrobial resistance

Bowel cancer

Cardiovascular disease prevention

Cervical screening

Child dental health

Community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing


Early years

Flu immunisation programme and COVID-19

Health economics

Health and work

High blood pressure

HIV testing

Mental health

Obesity and the food environment

Physical activity

Physical activity: prevention and management of long-term conditions

Preventing drug misuse deaths

Preventing ill health from alcohol and tobacco use

Preventing infections and reducing AMR

Preventing STIs

Prevention - a life course approach

Productive healthy ageing

Reproductive health and pregnancy planning

Rough sleeping

This edition of Health Matters focuses on the scale of rough sleeping in England, the causes and consequences of rough sleeping (including the links with poor physical and mental health, prevention and effective interventions) and relevant calls to action.


Smoking and mental health

Stopping smoking

Tobacco and alcohol CQUIN

Tobacco packaging


Type 2 diabetes

Using the NHS Health Check programme to prevent CVD

Whole systems approach to obesity

Published 1 February 2014
Last updated 11 November 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Health matters: cold weather and COVID-19'.

  2. Added 'Health matters: flu immunisation programme during the COVID-19 pandemic'.

  3. Added: 'Health matters: smoking and mental health'.

  4. Added rough-sleeper case studies My Right to Healthcare and The Westminster Integrated Care Network.

  5. Added Active Hospitals and the Parkrun Practice Initiative case studies.

  6. Added 5 case studies to the whole systems approach to obesity edition.

  7. Added 'Preventing STIs' section and associated documents.

  8. Added 'New approach to engaging rough sleeping and homeless community'.

  9. Added 'mental health' section to the collection.

  10. Added 'Embedding All Our Health from theory to practice in a university' case study.

  11. Added new edition of health matters 'Productive healthy ageing'.

  12. Added new edition of health matters 'Preventing ill health from alcohol and tobacco use'.

  13. Added cervical screening case studies.

  14. Added new edition of health matters: Child dental health.

  15. Added new edition of health matters: tobacco standard packs.

  16. Added new edition of health matters: getting every adult active every day.

  17. Added new edition of Health matters: preventing bowel cancer.

  18. Added new edition of Health matters: giving every child the best start in life.

  19. Added new edition of Health matters: midlife approaches to reduce dementia risk.

  20. Added new edition of Health matters: harmful drinking and alcohol dependence.

  21. Added new edition of Health matters: antimicrobial resistance.

  22. First published.