From April 2013 the council took on responsibility, from the NHS, for public health in Leeds.
Our work is about creating communities where everyone has positive wellbeing and health. It is about improving the health and wellbeing of local populations rather than treating diseases. It’s not just about health services; it spans wider issues like housing, social care, sport and fitness, education and employment – tackling the underlying causes of illness and unhappiness.
We look at effects that factors like genetics, personal choice and the environment have on the health of the population, and use this evidence to develop programmes to protect the overall health of the community that we all live in. We do this through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles and research for disease and injury prevention.
General achievements of public health include:
• increased life expectancy
• reduction in infant and child mortality
• elimination or reduction of many communicable diseases
Programmes that the Leeds team have been instrumental in implementing include:
• Leeds Let’s get active
• Breastfeeding friendly Leeds
• Leeds let’s change
• Bowel cancer campaign
• Lung cancer campaign
• Ministry of food