Housing + income + food = health: Wellesley Institute submission to UN food expert

Housing, income, food and health are all strongly linked. It is important to understand the interconnections, the vicious and virtuous cycles that feed each other, and the impact policy and program interventions can have on those cycles. Those are some of the key messages that …

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Wilkinson says that equality is still better for everyone, and it’s time to act

Many of us today at the Wellesley Institute were fortunate to catch Richard Wilkinson’s lecture, courtesy of MASS LBP and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. It reminded us of several things, including why the project of solving income …

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Migrant workers, two-tiered employment, and health inequities

The federal government has introduced changes to rules governing temporary foreign workers, speeding up the process, and allowing these workers to be paid less. Working with a number of partners, the Wellesley Institute put forward a suite of policies to support the creation of good …

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New Certificate in Community Engagement, Leadership, and Development

Learn to better engage community members in the planning, problem-solving, and  decision-making processes that improve the social, political, and cultural wellbeing of civic and community life. This program is geared towards practitioners  in the public and non-profit sectors, social services, education, labour, health, housing, policing, …

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One size user fees don’t fit all

Today’s edition of the Globe and Mail reports about community anger about new user fees for the use of Toronto’s municipal playing fields. The health promoting benefits of staying fit and active are well-established, but one-size-fits-all user fees can mean that people with low incomes …

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Advancing Health, Health Equity and Opportunities for Children in Tough Times

Recently, the Wellesley Institute’s Bob Gardner and Steve Barnes made a presentation about advancing health, health equity, and opportunities for children in tough times to staff from the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. Bob spoke about the pervasive and damaging health …

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Wellesley Urban Health Model

The Wellesley Urban Health Model simulates alternative scenarios to help explain the impact of interventions on poor health outcomes such as chronic disease rates, disability rates and mortality rates. The model also gives insight into how much and how quickly interventions can reduce mortality and …

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