Tackling health inequalities – the case for investment in the wider public health workforce – Royal Society for Public Health – June 2014
“A new report (Tackling health inequalities: the case for investment in the wider public health workforce) published today by RSPH is calling for greater investment and better understanding of the impact of the “wider public health workforce” – people who are not professionally qualified public health practitioners, but have the ability or opportunity to positively impact public health in their community.
The report argues that this “wider workforce” could be instrumental in reducing the burden of health inequalities – the financial cost of which was last estimated at close to £60bn.
Examining five key aspects of the wider public health workforce, including: health trainers, health champions, “Making Every Contact Count”, non-health professionals and healthy settings, the report has found significant evidence that this workforce is having an impact, although further research and increased investment is required. ”
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