Where people live matters to their health. Health improvement strategies often target where people live, but do they work? Placing health tackles this question through an examination of England's Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy and its health targets. It evaluates the evidence base for the strategy, compares experiences from the United States and elsewhere in Europe, and illustrates the relevance of complexity theory to area-based health improvement work.
The book brings together these topical issues with a social science analysis of current programmes based on the methods and concepts of complexity thinking. It concludes by setting out how local action based on these ideas offers a new approach to area-based health improvement work.
Placing health is aimed at researchers, academics and students in the social and health sciences with an interest in area-based health improvement work, as well as practitioners in health services, local government and voluntary agencies working on neighbourhood renewal and health projects.
Tim Blackman is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy in the School of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Durham. He advises the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit and local partnerships on health improvement strategies, and was formerly Head of Research for Newcastle City Council.
Contents: Health improvement and health inequalities; Making connections; The emergent neighbourhood; Changing places; Complexity theory and understanding change; Neighbourhoods and public health challenges; Enabling health; Implementing health improvement programmes; The big picture; Conclusion.