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2017 Director of Public Health Annual Report

Where we live and how we spend our time can have a big impact on our health and wellbeing. This year's Director of Public Health Annual Report (published 2 Nov 2017) explores some of the key factors linking our health, housing and the wider environment, some of which pose a serious challenge to the wellbeing of the population and the services that work to address them. 

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It is estimated that we spend around 90% of our time indoors, with 65% of this spent in our home. People who are most at risk by spending lots of time indoors are generally those who are the most vulnerable including the very young, elderly and infirm who spend more time indoors at home. 

Poorly maintained homes, overcrowding, fuel poverty, lack of home adaptations and poor storage of household products are all health risks.

Exposure to these poor housing conditions can cause a variety of conditions such as allergy; asthma; depression and anxiety; nausea; infections; hypothermia; and physical injury from accidents. It can make existing health conditions worse; make treating health conditions difficult, as well as having a huge social impact upon the ability of people to achieve their potential in education or employment.

You can view the individual infographics for the top ten indicators by clicking on the links below.

You can view the Health Profiles by Community Network Area on our JSNA pages.