Our vision is a Scotland in which all of its people and communities have a fairer share of the opportunities, resources and confidence to live longer, healthier lives. We have been working towards this vision since 2012 and have set out our priorities for the years ahead in our new Strategic Framework for Action, ‘A Fairer Healthier Scotland 2017 – 22’. 

Our strategic framework sets out how we will continue in our mission to reduce health inequalities and improve the health of the population of Scotland.

You can watch this short video to find out more about our new strategy.

Our priorities

There are five strategic priorities that we have developed in partnership with our stakeholders.

Fairer and healthier policy

We will ensure our knowledge and evidence is used by policy and decision makers. This is so that strategies focus on fairness and influence the social determinants of health and wellbeing.

Children, young people and families

We will ensure the knowledge and evidence we provide is used to implement strategies focussed on improving the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families.

A Fair and inclusive economy

We will provide knowledge and evidence on socio-economic factors and their impact on health inequalities. This is to contribute to more informed and evidence-based social and economic policy reform.

Healthy and sustainable places

We will ensure the knowledge and evidence we provide is used to improve the quality and sustainability of places. This will increase their positive effect on health and wellbeing.

Transforming public services

We will work in partnership with and support public sector organisations to design and deliver services that have fairer health improvement and the protection of human rights at their core.

Find out more

You can find out more about each of these priorities in our strategic framework for action 2017 to 2022. It builds on the work of our first strategy, 'A Fairer Healthier Scotland 2012 – 2017’.

Working in partnership

Partnership and collaboration is central to all that we do. We work with and through organisations in the public, private and third sectors including

  • local authorities
  • other NHS Boards
  • Scottish Government
  • Community Planning Partnerships
  • Integrated Joint Boards

Making an impact

We work with others to produce, share and implement knowledge of what works to improve the health of the people of Scotland in a fair way. We generate, manage and support the use of knowledge which helps

  • improve practice
  • build stronger support for action across all sectors
  • identify the policies that will make the greatest difference.

Contact us for more information on how we can work together, or for more information on our strategy.