New collaborating centre on cultural contexts of health at the University of Exeter
Data and statistics have long been recognized as integral to making informed and evidence-based policy decisions about public health. But increasingly – and particularly since the adoption of the Health 2020 policy framework – greater emphasis has been placed on examining how cultural factors affect health and well-being. For example, how might religion or other cultural practices influence nutrition in a given community? How do local customs or values affect the health response during an outbreak? Investigating the cultural contexts of health is an important step towards understanding people’s experiences and lifestyle choices; such investigation may ultimately lead to better public health across the WHO European Region.