Social enterprise: new pathways to health and well-being?

J Public Health Policy. 2013 Jan;34(1):55-68. doi: 10.1057/jphp.2012.61. Epub 2012 Nov 22.


In this article we attempt to make sense of recent policy directions and controversies relating to the 'social enterprise' and 'health' interface. In doing so, we outline the unrecognised potential of social enterprise for generating health and well-being improvement, and the subsequent challenges for government, the sector itself, and for the research community. Although we focus primarily upon the U.K. policy landscape, the key message--that social enterprise could represent an innovative and sustainable public health intervention--is a useful contribution to the ongoing international debate on how best to address the challenge of persistent and widening health inequalities.

MeSH terms

  • Health Policy*
  • Health Services*
  • Health Status
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Healthcare Financing
  • Humans
  • Private Sector / organization & administration
  • Public Sector / organization & administration
  • State Medicine / organization & administration
  • United Kingdom