How we live can have a big impact on how we feel.
Our homes, education, employment, the environment and the host of lifestyle choices we make all contribute to our overall health, be it good or bad.
Our partnership in mid and south Essex is committed to doing all it can to prevent illness.
We want to work together to take action on some of the wider reasons why certain groups are more likely to suffer poor health, such as where or how they live.
By bringing together the range of data and information our separate organisations have about our neighbourhoods, we can begin understand what helps or stops us taking charge of our own health.
We can look at what the solutions might be, and crucially support our communities to take actions to prevent problems rather than treat them when it’s too late.
This is completely different to the usual starting point for how we plan health and care services.
Through this work we want to support everyone to be healthier, more able to cope with difficulties they face and to feel more in control.
We want to help people make the most of local opportunities for support and encourage them to change their lifestyles so we can stop the rise in long term conditions.
To do this we must continue to move away from the complicated and often dis-jointed ways we have done things in the past to make a real difference to people’s lives.
This visual explains how we want to work together to change this: Population Health Visual Guide