Wednesday, October 5, 2011

[EQ] Canadian Reference Group on social determinants of health

Canadian Reference Group on social determinants of health

Strategic Issues and Innovations Directorate, Public Health Agency of Canada
Background paper: WHO - World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, 19-21 October 2011, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Available online PDF [13p.]

“……Canadians are one of the healthiest populations in the world and enjoy a broad range of social benefits and services, including the provision of universal access to health services. This national mechanism was needed to further address disparities among Canada’s disadvantaged populations.

This multi-sectoral group serves as a catalyst for action and as forum to review evidence, explore opportunities for action and augment attention and resources devoted to health inequalities across member organizations. The group has realized several areas of early success including: the establishment of strong partnerships and synergies across sectors; building and sharing knowledge, with a focus on the economic argument for action on social determinants of health and best practices for inter-sectoral collaboration; and mobilizing action in Canada to reduce health inequalities. Within their current mandate, the group has identified poverty, food security, and Aboriginal Peoples as priority areas of focus.

The Canadian Reference Group remains a unique, innovative and progressive response to the challenges associated with action on the social determinants of health in order to meaningfully address health inequalities in Canada. The group proudly serves as a catalyst for action and provides a model for countries striving to establish an inter-sectoral mechanism for action to meaningfully improve the health of the Canadian population…..”


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