Since its designation in March 2018, the WHO CC has been developing, gathering and sharing expertise, information and practical approaches and tools on how to invest in order to improve health and well-being, reduce health inequities, build stronger communities and resilient systems within and beyond Welsh borders, driving sustainable development and promoting prosperity for all. The WHO CC designation builds on a long-standing partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), working closely in particular with the WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development in Venice (the Venice Office).

The WHO CC informs and promotes more sustainable policies; embraces the principles of human rights, equity and evidence; and helps address the health and well-being needs of current and future generations. Our work supports the WHO to implement the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the Sustainable Development Goals) and WHO’s Thirteenth General Programme of Work 2019–2023.

Nationally, it helps to implement the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act, Prosperity for All: economic action plan, and the plan for health and social care A Healthier Wales, building on the principles of human rights, equity and social value; long-term thinking, prevention, integration, collaboration and participation. It strengthens our European and global collaborations and partnerships; enables more effective cross-sector and multidisciplinary work; and opens various opportunities for knowledge exchange and research, learning from experience and good practice; and developing our people and organisations.

The following documents provide additional information regarding the background of WHO Collaborating Centres and their work across the world:

The WHO CC supports and facilitates investment for health and well-being as a driver and enabler of social, economic and environmental sustainability and prosperity for all via a four-year work plan consisting of seven activities.

Within our programme of work, the WHO CC will develop, collect and share information and tools on how best to invest in better health, reduce inequalities, build stronger communities and resilient systems in Wales, Europe and worldwide

Activity TitleProducts
Activity 1
Developing an advocacy pack to mainstream investment for health and wellbeing across policies and contexts
How to Make the Case for Sustainable Investment in Well-being and Health Equity: A Practical Guide (Summary)

How to Make the Case for Sustainable Investment in Well-being and Health Equity: An Interactive Guide
Activity 2
Developing a knowledge and expert platform on Investment for Health and Well-being
Placing health equity at the heart of the COVID-19 sustainable response and recovery
Activity 3
Embedding sustainable development in investment approaches to improve health and equity across organisations, systems and sectors
Literature Review on Sustainable Development, executive summary and infographic
Activity 4
Enhancing understanding, awareness and driving investment in building capacity and resilience to prevent adversity and trauma across the life course
Health and financial costs of ACEs in Europe and North America

School-based violence prevention

Routine enquiry into adverse childhood experiences

ACEs in refugee and asylum seekers; ACEs and diabetes

ACEs in prisoners; What works to prevent and respond to ACEs
Activity 5
Developing a framework for applying quality Health Impact Assessment as important method to facilitate investment in Health in All Policies and whole-of-government approaches building on the concept of the social return on investment
Brexit Health Impact Assessment
Activity 6
Developing an evidence resource for investing in community and social resilience to improve health and well-being and drive sustainable development
Resilience: understanding the interdependence between individuals and communities
Activity 7
Developing a case series on understanding the impact of globalisation and new technologies on health and wellbeing in the context of inter-sectoral investment approaches
Social media report