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District Action on Public Health

11 February 2013

The District Councils' Network, in partnership with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is today publishing District Action on Public Health; how district councils contribute towards the new health and wellbeing agenda in local government.

"District councils have a critical role in improving public health outcomes. There is a great opportunity for planners working in district councils to breathe  new life into town centres by placing public health services at their heart, as well as fulfilling their more traditional role of making sure that people have access to open spaces and encouraging walking and cycling. We are proud to have contributed to 'District Action on Public Health' and recommend it to planners and the public alike."   Trudi Elliott, RTPI Chief Executive

Demonstrating the sector's impact across the wider determinants, health improvement and health protection, the publication provides essential information for public health stakeholders and best practice case studies of service delivery and public health collaboration in two-tier areas. District Action on Public Health is a major contribution to ensuring district councils play an important role in the new public health system and help to deliver lasting improvements to health outcomes and reductions in health inequalities.

Cllr Alan Connett, DCN Executive Lead for Health & Wellbeing said:

"This publication shows the breadth of work and range of influence districts have in the health of their communities. It is essential that looking ahead all agencies work to maximise this potential. I and the DCN hope this publication is used as a practical tool to improve the public health of our communities. The innovative work highlighted throughout our publication makes me proud to be a district councillor and I am delighted to be involved in such a publication."

Sandra Whiles, DCN Chief Executive Lead for Health & Wellbeing said:

 "This publication marks DCN history as the first publication of its kind. I am sure it is the first of many. It has been a rewarding project to be involved in, while I have always known districts are at the heart of public health this document provides numerous examples and brings to light the true extent of the work districts undertake. Proving once again that district councils are close to their communities and driven to make real improvements to people's lives."

 Trudi Elliott, Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:

"District councils have a critical role in improving public health outcomes. There is a great opportunity for Planners working in district councils to breathe  new life into town centres by placing public health services at their heart, as well as fulfilling their more traditional role of making sure that people have access to open spaces and encouraging walking and cycling. We are proud to have contributed to 'District Action on Public Health' and recommend it to planners and the public alike."

 Graham Jukes, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health:

 "Environmental health practitioners are acknowledged as public health professionals with an important role in the wider public health family. Environmental health was the original public health service which formed the foundations of local government and its role today in our district councils is still essential in protecting and improving health, as this important document makes clear."

Download your copy District Action on Public Health