There is strong evidence that place has an important role to play in our health and wellbeing and in reducing health inequalities.

Our work in this area spans both the physical and the social aspects of place and includes community development, geospatial planning, and work with employers to identify issues and improve health, safety and wellbeing in their workplaces.

We will lead and support the delivery of local, national and international place-based approaches and programmes.

This includes the national implementation of the awardwinning Place Standard Tool in partnership with Architecture and Design Scotland and the Scottish Government, which will this year see the rollout of new children and young people’s versions. We will also work with the Scottish Government and key partners to take forward the public health requirements of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019.

We will become a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Place in 2020/21, through which we will carry out activities in support of the WHO’s work programme.

This will extend the reach of our impact and influence and support the Scottish Government and COSLA ambition for Scotland to be a world leader in improving and protecting health and wellbeing.

Specific examples of work planned in this area include:

  • Contributing to the Programme for Government commitment to end Gender-based Violence (GBV) by supporting national multi-sectorial efforts to prevent and reduce violence and abuse, with a particular focus on strengthening the whole system response to GBV in line with Equally Safe
  • Providing public health leadership around the climate change and environmental sustainability agenda, including supporting activities around COP-26
  • Supporting Scottish Government, local housing leads and local public health teams embed health and health inequality outcomes in national and local housing strategies, policy and guidance

Our work on PHP1 will include the provision of cross-organisational support around engaging effectively with local communities.

It will therefore make a significant contribution to the Scottish Government and COSLA ambition to encourage greater collaboration and community involvement in public health and will support the COSLA priority around Strong, Safe, and Sustainable Communities.

Last updated: 19 October 2022
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