Killer heat and smog: Bad for our population health, need to focus on long-term strategies

Toronto continues to suffer under extreme heat – along with many other places throughout North America. The very high temperatures, combined with humidity, are not merely uncomfortable, but deadly for the health of individual people and the population health of the entire community. Toronto Public …

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POWER: A Vital Ingredient for Equity-Driven Health Reform

The POWER (Project for an Ontario Women’s Health Evidence-Based Report) study has been an amazing source of data and evidence on population health, the persistent and damaging nature of health inequities and their underlying social determinants of health.  But it has also played a vital …

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From Neighbourhood to Community: Health and Social Supports North of the Danforth

The Wellesley Institute supported South Riverdale Community Health Centre, the Toronto East Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) based out of WoodGreen Community Services, and the Massey Centre for Women to paint a portrait and deliver solid analysis of the social struggle and shortcomings in the area coined …

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The Wellesley Urban Health Model Flip Sheet

To address the challenge of communicating the interconnected and complex relationships between the social determinants of health, the Wellesley Institute, in partnership with Lupina Foundation, has adopted a systems thinking approach. We developed a simulation model for the City of Toronto using System Dynamics modeling …

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Reducing Health Inequities: Enablers To Inter-Sectoral Collaboration

Addressing systemic health disparities and their underlying social determinants are complex and challenging social and policy problems. One increasingly important direction that addresses the dynamic and inter-dependent nature of the social determinants of health, says author Audrey Danaher, has been through collaboration across different policy …

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Ryan Meili uses powerful storytelling to bring SDoH to the policy table

  Ryan Meili uses powerful personal stories to argue that we must better address the social determinants of health (SDOH)on the political agenda for a truly healthy society. Yesterday, the Wellesley Institute hosted Meili in a casual forum to discuss what kind of policy changes …

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Stop ‘revolving door’ of incarceration and homelessness: new study calls for investment in transitional housing

Today in Ontario, people with past criminal justice involvement, who are homeless, must navigate the social services system on their own, often accessing services and programs without any defined plan. Last year, 70,903 prisoners were released from Ontario’s provincial correctional institutions, a number that will likely …

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A Collaborative Model Of Service Delivery For Adults With Disabilities Flip Sheet

The Listening to Learn project was a community-based research project that engaged adults with physical disabilities in Burlington, Ontario in a meaningful conversation about their experiences related to housing, services, and overall quality of life. The project involved four qualitative methods of gathering data: interviews, …

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