Public Health

Public Health

We are involved in a wide range of projects that fall under the umbrella of ‘public health’.  Recently these have included:

Public health and youth knife crime

We were funded by Coram to write a briefing paper outlining what a public health approach to youth knife crime might mean.  It can be downloaded here.

Student health

AYPH has been working with students, exploring ways to improve the health outcomes for young people with long term health conditions in further education. We have met young people across the country and heard their perspectives on student life while managing long term health conditions; its challenges, things that help and advice they would pass on to other young people, See more here


What do young people say supports their wellbeing?

The Young People’s Health Partnership, which AYPH leads, worked with other partners from the Health and Wellbeing Alliance to gather existing evidence and run focus group discussions with young people to explore a range of young people’s perspectives about what keeps them mentally well. The findings have informed a Special Interest Group on children and young people’s mental health and prevention, established by Public Health England.

We developed a Scoping review of existing evidence and a briefing setting out the results and recommendations from discussions with young people.  You can access all the other work of the Special Interest Group here.

Health literacy

Health Literacy: Health Literacy has an important role to play for young people as they increase their independence and become less reliant on parents and carers.  Our projects in this area have included a toolkit for school nurses.


Health protection and immunisations for young people

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.