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Public Health

We want people in Wakefield to have healthier, happier, and longer lives with less inequality.

Public health is about achieving this aim, and protecting residents from threats to their health.

Sometimes activities involve helping individuals, at other times they involve dealing with wider factors that have an impact on the health of many people. Ultimately, Public health is responsible for:

  • Making the public healthier and reducing differences between the health of different groups by promoting healthier lifestyles
  • Protecting the district from public health hazards
  • Preparing for and responding to public health emergencies
  • Improving the health of our population by sharing our information and expertise, and identifying and preparing for future public health challenges
  • Supporting the NHS to plan and provide health and social care services such as immunisation and screening programmes, and to develop the public health system and its specialist workforce
  • Researching, collecting and analysing data to improve our understanding of public health challenges, and come up with answers to public health problems

We do this through research, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships, and providing specialist public health services.

To find out more about the Public health support services available in Wakefield, visit the website here.