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The NP4H Project

Thirty years ago, the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion generated worldwide interest in a new public health, based on the promotion of healthy public policies, environments conducive to health, inclusive public services and community and individual action. Thirty years later we have a clearer understanding of the relationships between politics, public policy and health but are still battling against the odds to realise its aims. Over the summer of 2016 we held a number of events around the country, where people and organisations from across the social spectrum gathered to discuss how we can achieve health justice in the UK. The findings from these meetings fed into a national event on 23rd November 2016 when over 100 people came together at Birmingham City University to work on a new charter for health – specifically, a charter that challenges health inequalities head on. Kate Pickett (co-author with Richard Wilkinson of The Spirit Level) made a powerful case for change, demonstrating how the economic model that has held sway for over 30 years has not only failed to shift the gross inequalities in health that are a stain on British society, but has exacerbated them.

The Birmingham Charter for Health


The day resulted in ideas aplenty for policy and action and now PoHG, working with participants and our partners, are developing these to come up with new charter for health equity that we hope will be both inspirational and practical. Even more importantly we will be working on strategies to put the charter into practice and make it a powerful tool for change.

On the right is a list of documents that have been produced during this process to date. Click on the titles to link to the documents. As our thinking develops more will be uploaded, so watch this space. We would like your comments and ideas, examples of good practice and contact details of like-minded organisations that can help us build an irresistible movement for health justice.

The following areas are where we think the work needs to be done and if you can help with any of these, please let us know.

  • Reaching out to communities of people who are experiencing the impact of inequalities in health so we can include them in the process of developing the charter
  • Completing the charter so it becomes a valuable tool for campaigners , practitioners and policy makers
  • Developing a strategy for promoting it, including using the ideas that have emerged from the work so far
  • Identifying further examples of good practice to be posted on the NP4H page on the PoHG website
  • Getting help in accessing resources to promote the charter
  • Identifying a way of piloting/testing the charter and monitoring and evaluating it.

Contact us at np4h@pohg.org.uk and follow us at #NewPolitics4Health and/or comment on our blog

Thirty years is too long to wait. Please, join us.


Links for activists and would-be activists

PoHG’s briefing on Health Politics as if People Mattered: 1. Working in Local Government

PoHG’s briefing on Health Politics as if People Mattered: 2. Working in Academia

The Equality Trust’s Guide for Activists

Political Compass is a ‘personal values vs party policy’ checker, to assist people in deciding which party is closest to their beliefs, so they might be encouraged to become more politically active.

Find out how to join the right union for you

NP4H Documents

If you would like to contribute contact us at:

np4h@pohg.org.uk

The picture at the top of this page is © J Hewitson (jhewitson@jhewitson.cts.com) and is reproduced by kind permission of the National Labor Federation, 220 West 19 St, Suite A, NY, NY 10011, USA

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