Harnessing cross-country administrative data to evaluate national policy impacts on maternal, infant and child health, and health inequalities across the 4 UK nations.
Giving every child the best start in life is a key policy goal for a healthier society. Each child’s health is affected by socio-economic, cultural, political and environmental factors (collectively known as the social determinants) that act at the national, community, household, and family level.
Interventions to tackle the social determinants of health can result in better outcomes during pregnancy and early childhood. These health improvements will lead to a reduction in the prevalence of adult non-communicable diseases (NCDs), narrow health inequalities, and increase life chances.