A glass half-full: how an asset approach can improve community health and well-being

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This report was written by Jane Foot, with Trevor Hopkins, on behalf of the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) Healthy Communities Team. The Healthy Communities programme brings together a wide range of programmes and activities with one clear aim – to help local government improve the health of their local communities.

As part of its work the programme also manages a community of practice for all those working to improve health and wellbeing locally, which enables individuals to share successes and collaborate on challenges. To join the community visit www.communities.idea.gov.uk

This publication is aimed at councils and their partners, local authority elected members, community health practitioners, public health professionals and non-executive directors of NHS Trusts.

It will be of particular interest to those working with communities to challenge health inequalities, particularly in areas where this gap has widened despite implementing a range of ‘evidence based’ interventions.

The guide may also be useful to others concerned about improving health and wellbeing and reducing inequalities using asset based community approaches.