The impact that poverty, low wages and other facets of social and economic inequality have on health is well documented. One pre-condition to being able to organize to change these social determinants of health is to understand the ways that inequality translates into health disparities in specific communities and neighbourhoods. In health planning terms, if we understand the pathways and health opportunity structures better, then we can better guide social policy and intervention where it will make the most difference in reducing health disparities.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives continues to do solid research that highlights the dynamics of social and economic inequality. One of their current projects in Manitoba works with community groups to research the barriers to disadvantaged communities in the new knowledge economy.
For example, one report is on innovative approaches from around the world on addressing the barriers disadvantaged workers face.
Another in the series is on specific challenges facing young women.