Today sees the release of the LGA Annual Public Health Report - maximizing the use of limited resources.
The report applauds the success of public health teams across the UK in improving people's lives and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities.
A series of case studies, including one from Cheshire & Merseyside serve to show what a real investment in public health could achieve.
The Cheshire & Merseyside case study explains how the Collaborative works by tackling a number of high level priorities that are common to every area, and where progress can be best made through collective action.
The case study highlights the progress made under the key priorities and other work streams including:
In her opening foreword, Councillor Izzi Seccombe Chair, Community Wellbeing Board said: "The case studies show just what potential there is for public health, if properly resourced, to make inroads in improving health and wellbeing."
This view is echoed by Eileen O’Meara, Director of Public Health and Environmental Health, Halton & Chair of Champs Public Health Collaborative Executive Board, who said in the Cheshire & Merseyside case study that: “The Champs Collaborative allows us to share learning, resources and innovation across Cheshire and Merseyside so that we are able to develop first-class interventions and put these into practice.”
Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East Cabinet Member, Health and Adult Social Care & Co-Chair of Cheshire and Merseyside Blood Pressure Partnership Board, added: "Local authorities increasingly need to work with health partners across wider areas. Having an organisation like Champs to support us to develop prevention and early intervention across Cheshire and Merseyside has proved extremely helpful.”