Responsibility for public health passed from the NHS to local authorities in 2013. Dr Lincoln Sargeant is the head of the team at North Yorkshire County Council tasked with implementing public health policy. This is his second detailed report on the issues the county faces.
The 2014 report focuses on the role that our communities play in promoting the health and wellbeing of residents in North Yorkshire. The strong and engaged voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is a particular asset for the county and is a key partner in helping to address the challenges we face in promoting and protecting the health of people living in the area.
The report includes health profiles of North Yorkshire and highlights areas where a co-ordinated approach by partners is needed. The report outlines approaches communities can take to identify and make use of their individual, organisational, physical and economic assets.
The report concludes with Dr Sargeant's seven recommendations for 2014-15 as director of public health.
Download the report
Director of Public Health annual reports
Asset mapping tools
A health asset is any factor or resource which enhances the ability of individuals, communities and populations to maintain and sustain health and wellbeing. These assets can operate at the level of the individual, family or community as protective and promoting factors to buffer against life's stresses.
'A glass half-full', I&DEA 2010
A growing body of evidence shows that when services begin with a focus on communities assets as opposed to what they need, a community's ability to meet its own needs increases ('A glass half-full', I&DEA 2010). Asset based approaches support the building of local networks that encourage mutual help, supportive friendships and the capacity for communities to act together in their shared interests.
See the asset mapping tools page for tools to help you to start asset mapping for local communities.