Annual Report of the Director of Public Health - 2019/20

This page introduces the Annual Report of the Director of Public Health for 2019/20 published in February 2020.

Previous years reports are available here

2019/20 report - Health and Housing


Health and Housing, February 2020 (Adobe PDF, 19.3MB) (opens new window)

The 2019/20 Annual Report of the Director of Public Health focuses on Health and Housing in East Sussex.  Housing is an important determinant of health, alongside employment and social connections with family, friends and others.  Access to healthcare is responsible only for a relatively small part of what makes us healthy.  In order to improve the health and wellbeing of East Sussex residents and to reduce inequalities, the broader determinants of health need to be addressed.


This report seeks to identify and discuss the main influences that housing has on population health.  The report consists of a range of evidence, robust data, case studies, and further qualitative data and analysis from discussion with a range of staff, key stakeholders and organisations.


The purpose of the report is to:

  • Develop a broader understanding of the relationship between health and wellbeing
  • Support and enhance integrated working across housing, health, public health and social care
  • Support partnership working to help address and mitigate local housing challenges
  • Support ongoing joint work to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping and to mitigate the harms that these cause


The recommendations in the report address collaboration across East Sussex as a whole, promotion of initiatives that will help ensure safe and healthy homes and personalising the support people require to improve their health.