Public Health

Public Health

We work on a number of public health projects and have developed resources for Public Health England on Resilience as well as a Framework for Improving Young People’s Health.

Student Health

AYPH is delighted to announce that we will be working with students & services supporting student wellbeing to explore ways to improve health services and outcomes for students with long term health conditions. Working with young people with long term conditions such as diabetes, cancer, asthma, epilepsy, eczema and mental health, this project will explore factors that effect students and identify and share examples of good practice and bring together stakeholders to share learning and experience of higher education providers. This project is supported by the BUPA UK Foundation Healthy Futures programme.

Health protection and immunisations for young people

An overview of research on key issues in student health

A significant proportion of 18-21 year age group are studying at UK higher education institutions, yet we know relatively little about their health needs and their use of services during this period of their lives. AYPH’s sense is that this is a topic that has been relatively overlooked in recent considerations of young people’s health. Our new briefing on the topic summarises what research tells us so far and sets an agenda for more work on the topic.

You can download the briefing here.


Research to support an enquiry into young people’s future health prospects

In July 2017, the Association for Young People’s Health and UCL Institute of Child Health were commissioned by the Health Foundation to undertake research to understand better the assets, opportunities and protective factors that develop as young people approach adulthood, and to assess how various wider determinants of health (including employment, housing, relationships and habits) experienced during the transition to adulthood impact on their future health prospects as they age. Further information about the project can be found here.

Young people, mental health and sport

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In November 2016 we launched a new publication from our project on young people, mental health and sport.

You can download the full literature review here, which summarises the evidence on the connections between young people’s mental health and sport participation, and you can download a one-page summary here.


There’s also a project summary explaining how we went about the work.


Resilience Resource

Young people face a wide range of challenges in their lives from moving schools to family breakdown to bullying. Building resilience can support better outcomes for them whatever challenges they face. This resource from AYPH, funded by Public Health England, and developed with input from the Early Intervention Foundation, provides a new focus on public health approaches to supporting young people’s resilience.

The AYPH Resilience Resource builds on PHE’s framework for young people’s health which was published in 2015.  It highlights ways that services have successfully worked together, provides links to useful interventions and other resources, and draws on the perspectives of young people about what works well for them.

The resource is an interactive PDF with embedded hyperlinks.  It links work best when viewed on a PC rather than a tablet or phone.

Improving young people’s health and wellbeing – A framework for public health

We worked with Public Health England to develop a framework for young people’s health, published in 2015. It sets out the importance of ensuring that every young person has the right level of support to help them maximise their full potential.  The framework puts relationships at the centre of young people’s health and wellbeing. Download it here.

For more information about any of AYPH’s work, please email us.