The evidence base for the wider determinants of health highlights the importance of people and places.
People – as communities and as individuals – vary in their behaviour, their experiences and their qualities. Where those people are – the place – is bound up with the social and environmental characteristics that affect health. That people and places can also interact in determining health is an important factor that needs to be addressed. The impact of the interaction between people and places on individual and population health cannot be ignored.
Achieving sustainable health improvement and reductions in health inequalities therefore requires that we address the health needs of people and places