Good Places, Better Health (GPBH) was launched in 2008 as the Scottish Government's strategy on health and the environment.
Traditionally the focus within environmental health has been on toxic, infectious, allergic and physical threats. While these still demand our immediate attention, there is now a growing recognition of an additional need to shape places which are nurturing of positive health, wellbeing and resilience.
Between 2008 and 2011 a prototype phase of Good Places, Better Health tested a new approach to environment and health through the consideration of early years.
The Good Places, Better Health prototype considered four health challenges facing children in Scotland:
- Unintentional injury
- Mental health and wellbeing
More broadly, the prototype aimed to:
- Consider, plan and deliver new and more effective ways of considering place and health, in order to identify what is needed to create places that nurture health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities
- Identify the characteristics of place which will nurture healthy childhood weight and positive mental health and wellbeing in childhood and reduce asthma and levels of unintentional injuries in children
In particular we tested a new approach, published evidence and recommendations, and applied the approach as a tool for co-production: