The behaviour change programme provides a platform for research into the development, evaluation and translation of public health interventions (any type of treatment, preventive care, or test that a person could take or undergo) to help people to change their behaviour to improve their health.
Public health issues are increasingly described as complex because they are often deeply embedded in the fabric of society and prove challenging to address. The CSRP cuts across Fuse’s new research programmes by aiming to develop initiatives that bridge research, policy and action.
Early life and adolescence is a new research programme within Fuse which includes research on pregnancy, infancy, preschool and school years, adolescence and the transition to independence. We explore how to provide a ‘healthy start’ through the critical period of pregnancy, onwards.
This research programme focuses on understanding and tackling health inequalities - the differences in health which persist across society, despite government action. The programme will include work focusing on improving our fundamental understanding of the causes of inequalities in health, and on interventions (e.g. welfare rights advice) to reduce health inequalities.
The healthy ageing programme includes research on physical, mental and social wellbeing, healthy work and retirement, and effective health and social care. In the programme we develop, evaluate and translate public health interventions to maintain and improve health, and reduce health inequalities in later life.
Generating evidence through research does not guarantee its take-up. The public health evidence-base is patchy, may be contested, and is often heavily modified by context and circumstances. This programme aims to explore what translational activities work under what conditions; develop methods to explore these issues; inform theory; and work with policy and practice partners to facilitate evidence-informed practice and policy.