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Protéger les plus vulnérables, un impératif de santé publique

In this memorandum to the Québec Government (in French only), Montreal and Montérégie’s public health directors advocate for changes to provincial employment legislation that could have deleterious effects on the health of social assistance recipients in their region.

Basic income: Rethinking social policy

Rooted in the premise that everyone deserves a life out of poverty, this compendium of writings offers considerations for policy makers and governments to inform next steps in testing basic income and rethinking welfare in Ontario.

Implications of a Basic Income Guarantee for Household Food Insecurity

This paper from the Northern Policy Institute outlines evidence to support a basic income guarantee as the most effective policy intervention for addressing food insecurity among vulnerable populations. It also provides an overview of how Ontario’s socioeconomic patterning relates to income of food insecurity in the province.

Let’s talk: Racism and health equity

The seventh release in our Let’s Talk series discusses racism as a critical factor that impacts health and wellbeing. The concepts of race, racism and racialization are described, with attention to settler colonialism and structural racism.

Learning from Practice: Advocacy for health equity - Food security

This paper discusses advocacy for food security based on the experiences of the Ontario Association of Public Health Nutrition Professionals and Food Secure Canada. It highlights the application of a range of public health advocacy roles.

Income-related policy recommendations to address food insecurity

This report is intended for use by public health practitioners, community organizations, social service agencies, municipalities, and others to address food insecurity from an upstream, income-related policy perspective.

Paying for nutrition:  A report on food costing in the North

This report provides an analysis of food costing data in one area of Northern Ontario as an example to highlight the elevated cost and decreased affordability of food in northern First Nations communities. The disproportionately high incidence of food insecurity in these communities is also discussed.

Health inequities in New Brunswick

This report presents data revealing the unequal distribution of social determinants and health status in New Brunswick. It “is meant to stimulate individual and collective interest and facilitate conversations to address this important issue which affects all New Brunswickers…” (p. 5)

A review of frameworks on the determinants of health

This document presents a brief analysis of 37 social determinants of health frameworks that best reflect an intersectoral perspective. It also offers an in-depth analysis of the seven frameworks considered most useful for understanding and acting on the social determinants across sectors.

Public Health Speaks: Intersectionality and health equity

Public health practitioners and researchers discuss the application of intersectionality in social determinants of health and health equity practice, policy and research.

Multiple actors bringing diverse knowledge to improve health equity: Dialogue proceedings

These proceedings summarize an open space forum held in Quebec City in 2015. The event explored the question: “What are the opportunities to reduce social inequities in health if we bring together knowledge gathered from experience, intervention, research, and decision-making?”

Local action on health inequalities: Introduction to a series of evidence papers

This series of evidence reports describes practical, local actions to tackle health inequalities through the social determinants of health. It provides evidence, practical pointers and case studies that can help health system employees achieve key policy objectives in Fair society healthy lives (the 2010 Marmot Review ).

Unnatural Causes: Is inequality making us sick?

A seven-part documentary series exploring racial and socioeconomic determinants of health, this resource aims to increase the urgency of the public conversation around issues influencing health outcomes.

Population Health: The new agenda

This introductory video on population health is told through vignettes from North Vancouver residents and commentary from Vancouver Coastal Health staff.

Unequal: Social inequalities in health

This animated video uses population data to illustrate the differing life-long influences of social inequalities on underprivileged and affluent citizens.

Hurdles to health

Hurdles to Health is a personal narrative about a Saskatoon family, shared by a wife and mother of a low-income household. This video shows the family’s daily struggles caused by the barriers poverty creates to achieving overall health and wellbeing.

Communicating the social determinants of health: Income Inequality and Health

This document applies common messaging guidelines to the challenge of communicating the connection between income inequality and health inequality. The guidelines were published by the Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Health.

Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health

The Rio Declaration is a call by the World Health Organization to end health inequities world-wide. Published in October, 2011, it outlines a global political commitment to eliminate health inequities and the underlying social conditions that cause them.

The Ontario women’s health equity report. Chapter 12: SDOH and populations at risk

The POWER Study (Project for an Ontario Women’s Health Evidence-based Report) is a multi-year investigation of women’s health status and has produced a 13-chapter Ontario Women’s Health Equity Report. The report examines gender differences on a comprehensive set of evidence-based, health-related indicators.

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