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Priorities for Health Promotion and Public Health
Explaining the Evidence for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Edited By

Sally Robinson

ISBN 9780367423414
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
532 Pages 171 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Priorities for Health Promotion and Public Health brings together the evidence behind the UK’s public health priorities into one comprehensible textbook.

Taking one theme per chapter, the book examines the social and environmental influences that shape people’s health; health inequalities; poverty and health; mental, emotional and spiritual health; sexual health; physical inactivity; diet; tobacco; alcohol; drugs; weight; cardiovascular disease; cancer; diabetes and dementia. The book takes a holistic approach, combining scientific and epidemiological evidence with the subjective experiences of those who undergo these health journeys. Each chapter explains the causes of poor health and the evidence behind the recommendations for good health and ends by demonstrating the health benefits of positive action. This is a core text for those studying health promotion or public health, and a supplementary text for students of healthcare and social care. The book focusses on adults’ health in the UK, with examples from the four nations, and provides some contextual international information where relevant.

Priorities for Health Promotion and Public Health is an ideal companion for busy practitioners who work across the wider sectors that support people’s health and wellbeing. It is also an essential textbook for students new to health promotion and public health.

Table of Contents

Part I- Social and environmental determinants of health

Chapter 1- Social Context of Health and Illness

Sally Robinson

Chapter 2- Environment and Health

Tristi Brownett and Joanne Cairns

Chapter 3- Inequalities in health

Sally Robinson, Athene Lane-Martin and Elisabetta Corvo

Chapter 4- Poverty and health

Elisabetta Corvo and Sally Robinson

Chapter 5- Mental, emotional and spiritual health

Athene Lane-Martin and Sally Robinson

Part II- Health-related behaviours

Chapter 6- Sexual health

Rajeeb Kumar Sah and Sally Robinson

Chapter 7- Physical inactivity and health

Gail Sheppard

Chapter 8- Diet and health

Sally Robinson

Chapter 9- Tobacco and health

Sally Robinson

Chapter 10- Alcohol and health

Sally Robinson and Joanne Cairns

Chapter 11- Drugs and health

Sally Robinson

Chapter 12- Weight and health

Sally Robinson

Part III- Non-communicable diseases

Chapter 13- Cardiovascular disease

Sally Robinson

Chapter 14- Cancer

Sally Robinson

Chapter 15- Diabetes

Sally Robinson

Chapter 16- Dementia

Pat Chung and Trish (Patricia) Vella-Burrows


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Dr Sally Robinson led the public health team at Canterbury Christ Church University from 2003 to 2018. For over 30 years, she has developed, led and taught a wide range of courses for undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals working in public health, healthcare and education.