The Wellesley Institute engages in policy development and advocacy to advance population health. Our work also sees us working with researchers and community groups to help develop policy capacity, and we often speak on how to maximize the policy influence of research and knowledge exchange.
Earlier this week, we spoke to a graduate-level social work class at the University of Toronto about why policy matters to the social problems they address. We highlighted parallels between the kinds of policy changes needed to address social determinants of health and health equity and those needed to address the structural foundations of social inequality and exclusion. We set out some key ways to develop effective policy recommendations. The slides from Bob’s presentation are below.