The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has a long history of promoting public health through evidence-based policy. Physicians and medical professionals have a key role to play not only in managing ill health, but also in supporting people to live healthier lives.
What we are doing
The RCP is working with colleagues across the UK’s major health institutions to tackle public health challenges posed by air pollution, alcohol, obesity and tobacco.
Our policy position papers tell you what we think about those challenges and what we are doing to address them:
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The RCP works with the Obesity Health Alliance (OHA) to support policy making to tackle the social, economic and cultural factors that contribute to obesity and the inequalities in health caused by obesity.
As a founding member of the Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA), the RCP is working with the AHA to highlight the rising levels of alcohol-related harm, propose evidence-based solutions to reduce this harm and influence decision makers to take positive action to address the damage caused by alcohol misuse.
As a founding member of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change (UKHACC), the RCP seeks to highlight better approaches to tackling climate change that protect and promote public health.