We know good health is central to people’s happiness and wellbeing.

Public Health is the term given to the work we do to improve people’s health; improve health services; reduce inequalities in health; prevent illness and disease; and improve life expectancy of our residents.  

Our work includes promoting healthy lifestyles; identifying and targeting the greatest health needs of our communities; commissioning evidence-based services and interventions; and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious diseases. 

Each year the Director of Public Health publishes a report covering a specific area of public health.

2020 Healthier Lives, Healthier Communities

Healthy Lives, Healthier Communities: Protecting and supporting the people of County Durham

The COVID-19 pandemic and the public health measures that followed have highlighted the important role of Public Health in protecting the public from infectious diseases and supporting and improving their health and wellbeing. This report outlines some ways that we have responded to reduce and control transmission of the virus, support our communities, and maintain our essential services.

It gives an update on how we continued working on the seven priorities that were set out in 2018, with an in-depth focus on giving every child the best start in life and promoting good jobs and places to live, learn and play. It also introduces a new evidence-based Approach to Wellbeing that has been developed and will
be used to help empower our communities and build their resilience.

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2019 Time to talk

Time to talk about mental health and wellbeing

Time to talk about mental health and wellbeing take an in-depth look at mental health at scale and a health workforce. Support people to be able to talk more openly about mental health.

It sets out our refreshed priorities, how we will work to reduce any differences in health across our county, and how the whole council can contribute to the health and wellbeing of the people in County Durham.

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2018 A new vision for the Taylors

A new vision for ‘The Taylors”: Improving Health in County Durham 2018

A new vision for ‘The Taylors’ improving health in County Durham – introduces a fictional family, ‘the Taylors’ to highlight the issues some of our families face as well as what we can achieve collectively to improve health and wellbeing. 

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Previous reports