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Our responsibility for public health

The council is responsible for promoting and protecting the health and wellbeing of people in St Helens.

Public health is about helping people to stay healthy and avoid getting ill. This includes work on a whole range of areas such as physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing, sexual health, preventing infections, drugs and alcohol, tobacco smoking and more. 

Public health produces a number of reports and needs assessments:

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

The JSNA shows the current and future health needs of people in St Helens. Recent reports have focused on mortality and inequalities:

Active Lives Strategy

The St Helens Active Lives Strategy 2022-2027 sets out to achieve the vision "To work in partnership to increase levels of physical activity across the whole population of St Helens Borough, whilst maximising opportunities for people experiencing inequality to participate in activities". The Active Lives Strategy focuses on the following seven themes:

  • Active leadership
  • Active communities
  • Active health and social care
  • Active environments and facilities
  • Active young people
  • Actively inclusive
  • Actively demonstrating success

View the  St Helens Active Lives Strategy 2022-2027 (PDF) [8MB] (opens new window)

Public Health Annual Report

Every year, the Director of Public Health publishes an annual report sharing some of the work the department has undertaken to help improve the health and wellbeing of people in St Helens. The theme of the latest report is perspectives of the COVID-19 pandemic:

Please read the St Helens Public Health Privacy Notice, which explains how we use health data in St Helens Borough Council.