Portsmouth is known as the great waterfront city and is home to 250,000 residents. It's vibrant and historic and has a strong growing economy and high quality health and care services.

Despite this, health and wellbieng outcomes are not as good for some of our residents as they could be. Portsmouth is ranked 114th out of 149 areas in England for the ONS Health Index - a single health indicator that reflects the multi-faceted determinants of the population's health. In 2018, the city achieved an overall score of 96.6 with values below 100 indicating worse health than in England in 2015. The city's realtive position has also worsened in the years since, with the COVID-19 pandemic having a huge impact on health inequalities in the city.

Portsmouth is not an outlier in term of its overall score. It sits within a pattern in which more deprived areas have less healthy populations, which is why the city's Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022-2030 looks at the underlying factors which in turn influence health and wellbeing. These are: poverty; educational attainment; positive relationships; active travel and air quality; and housing.

As reflected in the 2040 vision for Portsmouth, "we want Portsmouth to be a healthy and happy city, in which each person has the education, care and support they need for their physical and mental health".

To tackle these challenges, we work collectively through Health and Care Portsmouth, across NHS organisations, Portsmouth City Council and voluntary organisations, and have been working like this for a number of years.

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