Action on health inequalities

It is increasingly accepted that health inequalities have their roots in the major socio-political forces that drive decisions and priorities for governments and public bodies. This results in an unfair distribution of power, money and resources.

Health Inequalities Policy Review for the Scottish Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities

Health Inequalities Policy Review for the Scottish Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities was written to provide evidence to the 2013 Scottish Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities. It reviews the current policy and the evidence about what works to address health inequalities.

Contact: Clare Beeston, Principal Public Health Adviser (

What can councillors do to make a difference?

Reducing health inequalities and improving health: What councillors can do to make a difference? provides pointers on how elected members can reduce inequalities. It is structured around the elected members roles in community leadership; partnership working; constituency/representational role; policy making, scrutiny role and their responsibilities for the council as a large and complex corporate body. 

Contact: Della Thomas, Strategy and Engagement Manager (

What can NHS non-executive directors do to make a difference?

'Reducing health inequalities what NHS non-executive directors can do to make a difference' provides a high level overview of what causes health inequalities and what Non-Executive Directors of NHS Boards can do to reduce them. It is not intended to provide comprehensive or in-depth information.

Contact: Christine Duncan, Head of Strategy and Engagement (

SOA Health inequalities briefings

The health inequalities briefings for Community Planning Partnerships series has been developed policy in line with the Single Outcome Agreement (SOA) guidance headings to highlight how reducing health inequalities requires actions across many different elements of the SOA and the Community Planning Partnership sub groupings.

Contact: Christine Duncan, Head of Strategy and Engagement (

Actions to reduce health inequalities: 2015 UK election briefing and resources

Health Scotland has produced a suite of briefings ahead of the UK General Election in May 2015 on actions to reduce health inequalities. These briefings are intended for policymakers but could also be of interest to a wide range of organisations.

Contact: Christine Duncan, Head of Strategy and Communications (

Informing Investment to reduce health Inequalities (III)

The study 'Informing investment to reduce health inequalities in Scotland' (otherwise entitled 'Triple-I') was developed as an interactive tool to model the impact of 11 interventions over a period of 20 years on health and health inequalities ranging from changes to income and employment to investment in smoking cessation, alcohol brief interventions and weight management services. For more information on this study view the media release.

The commentary report and interactive tools are available on the ScotPHO website. 

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