Public health is rapidly being regarded as a key determinant of individual resilience. With public health issues on the rise, what can be done to strategically address public health issues and safeguard future resilience prospects?

The University of Bristol has released an open-access research paper titled Spatial Plans as a Critical Intervention in Improving Population Health. The paper explores how spatial plans can be a regulatory instrument for delivering public health interventions to improve public health outcomes.

The researchers take a unique approach by combining systems-based thinking with future planning in their analysis. The paper highlights how local plans can deliver upstream interventions in public health through the urban planning and development process and suggests practical solutions to create evidence-based planning policies to deliver better public health outcomes.

The research identifies several key areas that require further investigation to harness the potential of local plans in delivering sustainable solutions for more significant socio-economic and environmental gains through healthy urban development.


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