“The role poverty, housing and other social factors play in a person’s health is coming under scrutiny as the Canadian Medical Association looks for public input into the social determinants of health.”
This is the second phase of a large scale project, looking into the social factors on health, begun two years ago. They’re looking into:
“the health of Canadians and their communities through a broader lens. We’re looking at factors that influence the health of individuals and communities, such as income, early childhood development, housing and access to healthy food. How do these factors – known as social determinants – affect your health or the health of your community?”
Dialogue topics cover:
- What factors influence the health of individuals and communities?
- Which practices offset the effects on health?
- What can the government do to address SDOH?
- How can we ensure the health care system is equally accessible to all Canadians?
There are some fascinating dialogues beginning, including:
Researchers have established the relative influence of factors that determine health outcomes, finding that:
- Physical environment determines 10% of health outcomes;
- Biology and genetics determine 15% of health outcomes;
- The health care system determines 25% of health outcomes;
- Social and economic factors determine 50% of health outcomes.
Find the article here http://www.calgaryherald.com/Social+effects+health+subject+national+study/8278972/story.html
Find the Dialogue topics here http://dialogue.healthcaretransformation.ca/en/category/topics