Improving the health status for Leeds beyond 2018

The 2017/18 Annual Report of the Director of Public Health in Leeds has recently been published.

Entitled Nobody left behind: Good health and a strong economy the report opens with a consideration of the challenges posed by widening health inequalities in Leeds despite the economic growth experienced in the city. In doing so the report stresses the importance of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the Inclusive Growth Strategy in tackling these challenges, alongside an exploration of the statistics around poverty and deprivation and the recent reported increase in infant mortality in Leeds since 2015 (and the corresponding impact this has upon life expectancy) following a sustained period of falling rates and improved outcomes.   The four key themes in the report centre on:  
  • Alcohol-related mortality in women
  • Women’s mental health
  • Drug-related deaths in men
  • Suicides in men.
The report is available via the Leeds City Council website, accessible here The final section is a review of progress since last year on a set of public health indicators for Leeds aligned to the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
If you wish to look at a broader range of health statistics whether for your area or for the whole city, please visit the Leeds Observatory.

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