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Environmental Health and Housing: Issues in Public Health, Second Edition

October 9, 2017
Housing

Some of you will already be familiar with Environmental Health and Housing (2001) and this second edition places environmental health more centrally within the public health agenda, with effective evidence-based partnerships at the fore. For more details go to https://www.amazon.co.uk/Environmental-Health-Housing-Issues-Public/dp/1138089710

The book, which is due to be published in summer 2018, is authored by Jill Stewart and Zena Lynch and is illustrated with a range of excellent case studies from front-line practitioners and academics covering multiple areas of our work. We have been delighted with the response for case studies and they range from strategic approaches to licencing regimes, using the HHSRS, disabled facilities grants, hoarding behaviour, public health funerals, empty dwellings, cold homes, overcrowding, involving tenants, fire safety issues, tuberculosis and many more besides, notably on new relationships and sharing data with public health.

Looking back at the 2001 edition, it is staggering to see just how much has changed. Many things have moved forward, notably, the evidence supporting our work and the legislative changes that more closely link housing, health and safety. But many housing needs issues have moved backwards: our book also considers the challenges for those living on the margins, not just in dwellings, but also in less formal accommodation and, crucially, what we can do about it to protect and improve the nation’s health through better housing.