WHO On The Social Determinants of Health

The World Health Organization's European Office continues to provide comprehensive research and analysis on how a social determinants of health approach can be better incorporated into state policy. It supports a WHO Collaborating centre for Policy Research on Social Determinants of Health at the University …

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WHO Health Equity Resources

The World Health Organization created a Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, whose site publishes a wide range of useful information resources. It has mobilized polity research and initiatives around the world, working with many countries including Canada. Its report is the subject of …

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When do we talk about health? Ontario’s option paper needs to build a stronger vision of a health-enabling social assistance system

Today the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario released its much anticipated options paper. The paper sets out some interesting ideas and poses some challenging questions that will help to shape the debate around social assistance in the coming months. In our …

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Wellesley Institute response to the Ontario Social Assistance Review

UPDATE: Read our response here.   In 2010, the provincial government established the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, led by Commissioners Francis Lankin and Munir A. Sheikh. The Commission’s task was to recommend reforms to social assistance benefit structures, expectations of …

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Wellesley Institute Forum on Health Equity

with special guest Cory Neudorf Tackling Health Inequities: Lessons Learned from A Leading Health Region   Cory Neudorf, Chief Medical Health Officer for  Saskatoon Health Region, will be making a special lecture and leading a discussion on addressing health inequities at a local community level. …

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Wealth equals health in Toronto, but we can change that

A new study in Toronto shows how socioeconomic status can have a significant impact on your access to health care. The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, examined whether patients who identified themselves as either a bank employee or a welfare recipient (implying …

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Water Fluoridation: Turning On The Tap to Reduce Health Inequities

Kids are back in school but parents might want to hold off on that sigh of relief.  Beyond ensuring that their child finishes their homework and gets a decent lunch, parents need to worry about their child’s dental health, especially in some municipalities. Children are …

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Volunteering & Health

Recent English research on volunteering highlights the analytical value of drilling down into small-scale neighbourhood-based analyses to better understand the dynamics of poor communities. More and more research, including projects in which the Wellesley Institute is involved, focuses on how variations in community structure and …

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