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Evaluating place-based programmes for health improvement
  1. James R Dunn
  1. Correspondence to Dr James R Dunn, Department of Health, Aging & Society, Kenneth Taylor Hall, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4M4; jim.dunn{at}mcmaster.ca

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A large number of studies have been published over the last couple of decades showing social and geographical variations in health and its determinants, and ostensibly, the results of these studies can and should be applied to try to reduce such inequalities. One of the common approaches around the world, and especially in the UK, is place-based policy and programming. This issue features two papers1 ,2 evaluating the much-vaunted Well London initiative in the UK. This is part of our goal to be the destination of choice for population health intervention research.3

Well London has its roots in a 2006 initiative by the London Health Commission to establish the Well London Alliance, a new multi-sectoral partnership. In 2007, BIG Lottery Fund awarded £9.46 m for the Alliance to deliver Well London in 20 of London's most deprived neighbourhoods targeting a total population of 35 000. Phillips and colleagues examine the outcomes1 and the exposure of …

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