As Scotland embraces the aspirations of public health reform, the Improvement Service (IS) is working on a Place and Health Early Adopter programme looking at how to integrate spatial planning into public health policy.
The Early Adopter will be progressed by a Place and Health Working Group. They will examine existing evidence on how places enable public health and make recommendations on how to turn it into mainstream policy and action across Scotland. The core of the Place and Health Working Group tasks are to:
The IS Planning for Place Programme initiated conversations with practitioners from both planning and public health to identify how place can play a bigger part in the delivery of public health priorities. An article in The Scottish Planner sets out the context and more information about the recommendations that the Place and Health Working Group will now be implementing.
For further details, or to contribute your expertise and learning into this work, please contact Irene Beautyman, Place Programme Manager at the Improvement Service.