Six new public health priorities for Scotland established to focus on prevention and reducing health inequalities.
Scottish Government and COSLA jointly published six public health priorities for Scotland, aimed at focusing action across the public sector, voluntary sector and in communities. The priorities are the first milestone in a wider reform of public health.
The six priorities reflect those things where it is believed a concerted effort across Scotland will lead to the greatest reduction in health inequalities and will help reach a tipping point at the national level in the state of Scotland’s health.
The six priorities are:
- healthy places and communities
- early years
- mental wellbeing
- harmful substances
- poverty and inequality
- healthy weight and physical activity
The priorities set a direction for Scotland’s public services over the next decade, with the aim of organisations and communities working better together to focus on prevention, to reduce health inequality and increase healthy life expectancy. The priorities recognise that health and well-being is created in communities and through partnerships across sectors and that mental health must have parity with physical health, including commitments to enhance suicide prevention. VHS is one of 54 organisations across Scotland to have endorsed the priorities, reflecting a growing consensus and momentum for change.
More information about the priorities is on the Public Health Reform website (This link will take you away from our website)
The Scottish Government and COSLA are also working together to establish a new national public health body in 2019, bringing together professional expertise, data and intelligence to deliver leadership, innovation and support in delivering the priorities.