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About Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales is the national public health agency in Wales and exists to protect and improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities for people in Wales.  Public Health Wales is part of the NHS and report to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport in the Welsh Government.

PHW provide advice, expertise and specialist services to Welsh Government (working across departments), the seven health boards, two NHS Trusts, 22 local authorities, other agencies and to the population of Wales.

PHW provide the public health knowledge, scientific expertise and intelligence to lead transformational change and to drive a focus on ensuring that they deliver tangible improvements in health and wellbeing outcomes and reduce health inequalities in Wales. 

Health and local government are among the devolved areas in Wales and therefore, working nationally and locally, Public Health Wales has access to both policy levers and local delivery systems by working closely with our partners. 

Public Health Wales, health boards and local authorities work closely together to promote public health in their areas and jointly identify and set the local strategic agenda in partnership with communities, housing, education, police, fire and rescue and the voluntary sector. 

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