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Rio political declaration on social determinants of health: A snapshot of Canadian actions 2015

The World Health Organization’s Rio Declaration on the Social Determinants of Health  (WHO Rio Declaration) was adopted at the 2011 World Conference on Social Determinants of Health.  It outlines the commitment of United Nations Member States to addressing health equity through a social determinants approach.

This report, Rio political declaration on social determinants of health: A snapshot of Canadian actions 2015, outlines Canadian actions that align with the five main themes of the WHO Rio Declaration.  These themes, which reflect key areas in a comprehensive approach to improving health across populations, include:

  1. Adopt better governance for health and development
  2. Promote participation in policy-making and implementation
  3. Further orient the health sector towards reducing health inequities
  4. Strengthen global governance and collaboration
  5. Monitor progress and increase accountability

This report provides a summary and web links for initiatives and tools, from across Canada.  The Canadian examples are listed under “activity type” groupings within each theme area.  The intent is to show the diversity of activity happening across Canada that contributes to the Rio Declaration commitments.

Use this resource to:

  • Consider the breadth of initiatives and tools being used to improve health equity through work on the social determinants of health
  • Learn about intersectoral, community-engaged work that addresses the social factors that influence health
  • Investigate factors that contribute to organizational capacity to sustain initiatives designed to advance health equity


Public Health Agency of Canada (2015).  Rio political declaration on social determinants of health:  A snapshot of Canadian actions 2015.  Ottawa, ON:  Public Health Agency of Canada.


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