The Canadian Institute for Health Information released a major research report documenting health disparities by urban neighbourhood which:
- documents pervasive health differences between affluent and poor neighbourhoods;
- reviews consistent research findings on the adverse health impact of poor housing, environment, lack of access to heath and social; services, adequate food, transportation and recreational facilities;
- highlights solid research support for public policy that secures affordable housing and other public infrastructure to support better quality of life.
The irony, of course, is that this report was released just before the federal government set out a fiscal policy course that emphasizes tax cuts and debt reduction. The effect of this direction will be to starve exactly the kinds of public investment that the research shows has such a crucial impact on health and health inequities.
We have recently put together an issue page on this subject that provides our own research and outside resources.