Childhood obesity is increasing in Ontario and this has caused concern amongst governments, communities, and families. For kids, obesity can also lead to a lifetime of poor health but by tackling childhood obesity now we can lead kids toward a healthy adulthood. In Canada: 26 percent of children and adolescents aged 2-17 are overweight or […]
Child & Youth Health
Childhood obesity is increasing in Ontario and has significant health implications. But not all children are affected equally by the burden of poor health and obesity. This paper sets out strategies to reduce childhood obesity in Ontario and its associated health problems by taking a health equity and social determinants of health approach.
Almost 17,000 of Ontario’s children are in the care of Children’s Aid Societies: one out of every 182 children. Only 44 percent of youth in care graduate from high school. In Ontario, Aboriginal people make up two percent of the population, but 22 percent of Crown Wards. Whichever way you look at it, Ontario’s child […]
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 inequities that are rooted in underlying social determinants of health […]
Currently, when a Crown ward turns 21, they are no longer eligible for provincial assistance through the Children’s Aid Society. Caseworkers are faced with few options other than referring their young clients to shelters and the social assistance system for continued support. A new report released yesterday by the Ontario Provincial Advocate for Youth and Children […]
This is the second of a series of policy briefs that analyzes youth-related policy implications from the St. Jamestown Initiative’s Voices of Multicultural Youth report and sets out recommendations and options for action.
Continue ReadingImportance Of Accessible Community Recreation Services Download PublicationThe Importance Of Accessible Community Recreation Services: Findings From The St. James Town Multicultural Youth Photovoice Project
In the City of Toronto’s drive to address the budget deficit, a number of proposals for service cuts have been brought forward. Unfortunately, many of the proposed service cuts have health implications that would disproportionately affect vulnerable populations in Toronto. An enormous body of research demonstrates that adequate housing, income, child care, social safety nets, […]
People with low incomes and on social assistance face a daunting range of challenges to their well-being — one of which is systemic and damaging health inequities that result in poor health. Read our recommendations on how reforming the social assistance system must be grounded in solid values, and increase the health and well-being of […]
Continue ReadingTowards A Social Assistance System That Enables Health And Health Equity Download PublicationTowards A Social Assistance System That Enables Health And Health Equity: Submission To The Commission For The Review Of Social Assistance In Ontario
People with low incomes and on social assistance face a daunting range of challenges to their well-being—one of which is systemic and damaging health inequities that result in poor health. Read our recommendations on how reforming the social assistance system must be grounded in solid values, and increase the health and well-being of those who […]
Continue ReadingAction Summary: Toward A Social Assistance System That Enables Health And Health Equity Download PublicationAction Summary: Towards A Social Assistance System That Enables Health And Health Equity
I posted a speech I gave recently at a conference on health equity for children. One of the themes we talked about was that health care professionals and institutions have considerable prestige and social standing, and can use this privileged position to effectively speak to social issues beyond health. At the same time, there is […]