Community-led health recognised in new Public Health Priorities

The Scottish Government and COSLA have published a new set of public health priorities, highlighting the importance of the community-led approach to tackling inequality.

The priorities set a direction for Scotland’s public services over the next decade, with the aim of agencies and communities working better together to focus on prevention, to reduce health inequality and increase healthy life expectancy.

The six new priorities are:

  • A Scotland where we live in vibrant, healthy and safe places and communities
  • A Scotland where we flourish in our early years
  • A Scotland where we have good mental wellbeing
  • A Scotland where we reduce the use of and harm from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
  • A Scotland where we have a sustainable, inclusive economy with equality of outcomes for all
  • A Scotland where we eat well, have a healthy weight and are physically active

The priorities were launched by Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell at The Ripple Project in Edinburgh. They offer a range of community-led services to local people and harness the skills and commitment of local volunteers in the Restalrig, Lochend & Craigentinny areas.

Susan Paxton, Head of Programmes for CHEX, welcomed the new priorities:

"We're encouraged to see community-led approaches as a key part of these new public health priorities. Organisations such as The Ripple Project typify the impact that community-led health approaches can have on their communities - we're delighted to see The Ripple Project recognised for their fantastic work.

“We look forward to working with them, and other community-led health organsations, to use these new Public Health Priorities to help address the inequalities our communities face across Scotland."

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