A recent bulletin of the World Health Organization had a useful survey article on public-private partnerships for hospitals. Its summary follows: “.While some forms of public”private partnerships are a feature of hospital construction and operation in all countries with mixed economies, there is increasing interest in a model in which a public authority contracts with […]
I spoke to a Conference Board Roundtable on the Social Determinants of Health in late October. The Roundtable intends to bring together government, community, research and business leaders to address ways to develop and implement public policy that would address the various social and economic determinants.
A recent report commissioned by the Alberta Coalition for Healthy School Communities provides an interesting example of a social determinants of health approach being applied in different fields of social policy. The report analyzed the link between social and economic inequality, associated health disparities and unequal education outcomes. It argued that addressing these connections had […]
The impact that poverty, low wages and other facets of social and economic inequality have on health is well documented. One pre-condition to being able to organize to change these social determinants of health is to understand the ways that inequality translates into health disparities in specific communities and neighbourhoods. In health planning terms, if […]
There has been a great deal of discussion of community engagement in health planning in Ontario. Both the LHINs as they are beginning to plan out regional priorities and the Province as it is developing its new overall health strategy want to involve as many communities and individuals as possible. It is always useful to […]
Congratulations to Fife House who have received a US$ 500,000 grant from the MAC AIDS Fund to expand their innovative transitional housing programme for people living with HIV/AIDS. We were pleased to have funded previous research that Fife House and other partners have been able to leverage so well into research and programme development that […]
One of the major challenges of community engagement processes such as the recent consultation undertaken by the Toronto Central LHIN is ensuring that the full diversity of voices and perspectives are heard. Access Alliance, a Toronto Community Health Centre focussing on the health needs of immigrant and refugee communities, was concerned that these communites had […]
There has been increasing discussion within Canadian public health circles on how the social determinants of health can be put into practice. The Sudbury and District Health Unit prepared a discussion paper in March 2006. Quebec is the most advanced jurisdiction in integrating traditional public health with comprehensive and integrated interventions on the social determinants […]
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 connections, access to services and other social determinants in local […]
Nurses’ professional associations have long done useful policy work on the social determinants of health. A recent paper from the Canadian Nurses Association highlights social justice as a crucial pre-condition of a healthy society. It sets out a useful Social Justice Gauge as a tool to evaluate policy directions and impact. See it here.