Health & Wellbeing Awards: Community Health

The Community Health Development Award is one of the categories of the Health & Wellbeing Awards.

This award celebrates the work of successful place-based initiatives that improve the health of residents and community environments in a way that contributes to long-lasting change.


The finalists for the Community Health Development Award 2019 are:

Basis Yorkshire - Sex Worker Health Advocacy

The program program supports and advocates on behalf of female sexworkers in Leeds to improve their health outcomes particularly for those who are marginalized and stigmatized (as are the majority of streetbased women); it ensures support is not limited to acute health needs (substance abuse, sexual health) but addresses all aspects of their health.

Friends, Families and Travellers - Traveller Health Improvement

In light of the stark health inequalities faced by Gypsy and Traveller communities Friends, Families and Travellers developed an asset-based peer-approach model of health improvement. By building relationships with people through assertive outreach, delivering RSPH training and supporting the development of a ‘Health Champions’ network, FFT enable people to actively participate in improving their own and their community’s health.

British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) - Cancer Screening Awareness

There is evidence that the uptake of the cancer screening programme is poor amongst British Muslims. The British Islamic Medical Association decided to raise awareness of and dispel the myths surrounding these programmes by reaching out to the public using mosques, community centres and radio stations across the country.


Award criteria

Entered projects and programmes should demonstrate:

  • Utilisation of theory-based community development approaches

  • Communities and local organisations working together to analyse local health needs and prioritise actions to improve health and wellbeing, build resilience and reduce inequalities

  • Community structures that are capable of delivering services, representing communities, influencing local/national public services and policy makers

  • Comprehensive and integrated place-based approach that demonstrates community engagement and governance

Category winners have the opportunity to be selected for the prestigious Public Health Minister’s Award, while all finalists are considered for two special commendations given by Public Health England (PHE).

The winners are announced at the annual RSPH Awards ceremony


The Community Health Development Award is supported by Slimming World


Previous winners​

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