As the Law Commission of Ontario has noted, a vision of equity in quality of life, health, and well-being in the last stages of life is not a reality for many Ontarians. We know from extensive health research literature that our access to quality health care, our health experiences, and our health outcomes are shaped by the […]
This paper offers a framework to measure thriving in the city, a measure that reflects the physical, mental, and social dimensions of health. The case for income-related health disparities has been made clear. Meeting a basic standard of living, through providing enough income for housing, food, and transit, will lift people out of poverty but […]
New permanent residents are unable to receive public coverage for essential health care (OHIP) within their first three months in Ontario. This policy brief brings together research evidence on the impacts of the three-month wait and identifies options to improve access to health care for new Ontarians. Wellesley Institute’s Policy Briefs draw on our research […]
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.