No one expects food in our public institutions to be gourmet. But we should expect it to be nutritionally adequate, socially and culturally acceptable, and safe. Much of the food served in our public institutions does not meet these basic standards. This think piece explores institutional food from a health equity perspective. The right to […]
What role can citizenship play in the social determinants of health? Research shows that becoming a citizen has important economic and social benefits that could result in positive health outcomes for individuals and society. These positive health outcomes are at play through a few key social determinants of health. They work through income, employment, and […]
A community’s capital ranges from individual level talent and expertise to community level resources. But central to the concept of community capital is that social networks and relationships, as well as the capacity to create them, are essential for tapping into and fully realizing the potential of a community’s richness. Community capital provides a powerful opportunity for […]
Community Health Centres (CHCs) are well-positioned as advocates for health equity in Toronto due to their unique model of care. CHCs use advocacy strategies in two ways: they advocate for policy change and they integrate advocacy into service delivery. Their capacity to advocate for policy change is however constrained by a lack of dedicated resources, […]
This article launches a new and more simple definition of institutional racism. A more straightforward definition will help organizations take action. Simply put, institutional racism exists when there are racial disparities with no effective action to decrease them.
The aging rental towers in Toronto’s inner suburbs present big challenges and opportunities for health and social well-being. Housing has large impacts on health, whether its high rents that drive food bank use, or health risks from pests, unsafe conditions, and bad air quality. The 170,000 units in Toronto’s inner suburbs are a huge asset […]
Authors: Seong-gee Um, Naomi Lightman The growing ethnic and linguistic diversity amongst senior populations has been well documented within Canada overall, and specifically within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Healthy aging is what we all desire, but how we age in the GTA is not the same for everyone. Some face greater health challenges than […]
Ontario’s changing demographics bring challenges to the home care sector. Three issues are at the intersection of these challenges: the rapid growth of our aging population, the expanding ethnocultural diversity of our seniors, and the pressure felt by the home care sector. We usually think of them separately, but when they intersect there’s a multitude […]