Director of Public Health annual report 2022

In this, her second Annual Report, Director of Public Health Louise Wallace reflects on the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on North Yorkshire’s communities and services, and the learning we can take from this.


The report, covering the period from April 2021 – March 2022, includes voices of people from many different backgrounds who have shared their experiences of the pandemic and their wishes for the future.


Issues highlighted in the report include the effect of the pandemic on health issues such as obesity and mental health, and longer-term impacts including Long COVID and the increased risk of chronic diseases following a COVID-19 infection. It also looks at how the pandemic has affected education and care settings, as well as local economy and tourism.


The report then draws together the collective learning and provides recommendations for partners to consider for their future planning.


Read the Director of Public Health Annual Report 2022 – Lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic


To complement the report, additional information and community contributions can be found in the following ‘Spotlight On’ sections:


Community conversations - three wishes for the future 

People’s creativity in response to the pandemic 

People’s experiences with Community Support Organisations 

Historical examples of infection prevention 


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