Our health care system is an important symbol of Canadian identity and health care policy and funding is at the top of mind during elections and budget season. But, when we think about health, all too often we lean heavily on assumptions of personal responsibility and the solutions are medical care.
What do we know about the public’s perception of what causes poor health in Toronto? How can having a better understanding of health perceptions help us to support health-enhancing social and economic policy that ensures healthy equity in the GTA?
The first installment in our new Out On A Limb think piece series, The Healthy Torontonian: Unanswered Questions on Public Perceptions of What Causes Poor Health in the GTA asks these questions and looks at similar studies in other regions that help to understand more about how to effectively communicate the social determinants of health.