Promoting public health and wellbeing through collaboration on local authority management of public green/blue space
PHE ePoster Library. Wheeler B. 09/12/17; 186681; 126
Benedict Wheeler
Benedict Wheeler
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Abstract The evidence base regarding relationships between natural environments (green/blue space) and public health is rapidly growing. There are indications that green/blue space may support population health and wellbeing through mechanisms including promotion of physical activity and stress recovery.Local government is a key actor in determining community access and availability of health-promoting public open space, and local authorities have responsibilities for environment and public health. This includes responsibility under the Public Health Outcomes Framework to monitor the percentage of people using green space for exercise/health reasons (indicator 1.16). Relationships are likely to be context-specific, meaning that appropriate translation of evidence for local action is important.We will present case studies of local authority-level collaborative activities, including co-creation of evidence briefs summarising research on key issues, and development of public engagement approaches. We will also demonstrate how different practical ideas for improving people's experience of public open space were investigated, and how these have been translated into on-the-ground changes. In that context, we will discuss the opportunities and challenges for prevention at scale through investment in, and management of, public open space.This work involves collaborations between local government and academic researchers within a context of national (DEFRA, DCLG, PHE) and international activities (WHO, UN Sustainable Development Goals). The aim is to support evidence-based policy and implementation to capitalise on opportunities for place- and asset-based public health. External funding details Work supported by the University of Exeter ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, and the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Environmental Change and Health (
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