Wellbeing board included in air quality in the City
quality toolkit is being targeted at Directors of Public health in a bid to get
local authority air quality interventions higher up the public health agenda.
jointly by DEFRA, Public Health England and the Local Government Association the
new document, Air Quality, A Briefing forDirectors of Public Health, aims to brief directors of public health on the
sorts of public health responses they should be considering to alleviate the
health impacts of poor air quality.
acts as a briefing document for public health specialists and elected members
first outlining health impacts, sources of air pollution and the sorts of
interventions being applied by local authorities. The report covers messaging
the public on short term air pollution episodes and the basic principles that
should be applied when communicating about the long-term impacts of air
include clearly explain what air pollution is, how people can protect
themselves, health impacts, linking risk to specific spaces ad how people can
help improve air quality.
also contains a myth busting section highlighting common misconception such as air
quality being poor in cities but bad in the countryside, air pollution
primarily coming from vehicles and air quality improvement requiring expensive
changes to modern lifestyle.
A number of
case studies are used in the report to illustrate how councils are impacting
air quality and so public health. In one illustration EHOs from the City of
a scientific review on how air pollution impacts public health in the City in a
bid to engage their Health and Wellbeing Board.
As a result
air pollution was included in in their Joint Strategic Needs Assessment so that
it became a consideration when planning transport, planning new development and
improving the urban realm to minimise exposure to pollution.