Creating Homefullness In Ontario: Presentation To Toronto Anglican Diocesan Committee

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Creating homefullness in Ontario is the title of a presentation to the Anglican Diocese of Toronto’s Social Justice and Advocacy Committee by the Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. In this presentation, Michael provides a brief overview of the housing landscape, Ontario …

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Driving health equity into action: Bob Gardner at Ryerson Conference

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Policy makers, community partners, scholars, and students explored the challenges and issues surrounding a more equitable Canada last Saturday. The Wellesley Institute’s Bob Gardner gave a keynote speech arguing that health equity can be realized, and outlined a roadmap with the strategies, tools, policy changes and community …

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Mental Well-Being Impact Assessment: A Primer

To drive health equity into action we need to understand the needs of health disadvantaged populations, identify barriers to equitable access to quality care, and build equity into priority setting, resource allocation and performance management.  We need effective and useable equity-focused planning tools.  One problem …

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Health Promotion Through An Equity Lens

Health promotion is crucial to keeping people well and preventing illness. A major challenge is that many health promotion programs are focused on individual behaviour and do not take peoples’ unequal conditions and opportunities into account.  As a result, they are not effective for vulnerable …

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Health Equity Impact Assessment: A Primer

To drive health equity into action we need to understand the needs of health disadvantaged populations, identify barriers to equitable access to quality care, and build equity into priority setting, resource allocation and performance management. Health Equity Impact Assessment is a practical and effective planning …

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What Is Health Equity?

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Health equity is deep in the DNA of the Wellesley Institute. Many health statistics report averages over a large population – the entire City of Toronto or even the whole country of Canada. But averages can obscure the reality that certain groups (such as poor …

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Policy Solutions for "Wicked" and Complex Social Problems

Social policy can’t just be about addressing the easy issues – there are very few – but has  to tackle really deep-seated and complex problems such as poverty, health disparities or homelessness. I just published an article on promising community-driven directions for addressing such fundamental …

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Sleepwalking To Segregation: How Housing, Income, Health Are Linked Presentation Notes

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The growing body of evidence that shows Toronto is becoming a more divided city as people and populations, also suggests that the city is increasingly segregated by housing, income and health. The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott made a presentation to Ryerson University students today on the …

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Mental Well-Being and Equity – Moving Policy into Action

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How do you drive equity into mental health? And mental health into equity?  What tools can you use to make the process more comprehensible and user-friendly to overburdened policy-makers and practitioners?  Bob Gardner and I facilitated a workshop with the Canadian Mental Health Association (Ontario) …

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Housing And Health: Research Issues, Policy Solutions Presentation To George Brown College Students

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Canada is one of the richest countries in the world, yet millions of Canadians are precariously housed. The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott outlined a century of critical housing and health research and policy issues, and set out a practical and pragmatic agenda for action, in …

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