Social Determinants of Health

Submitted by Leeds and Grenville on June 11, 2018 - 8:10am
Health is influenced by many factors

 

Health is influenced by many factors.  Having access to health services is only one of many factors that influence a person’s overall health.  Things like employment, education, income, where we live, and social networks, are referred to as the Social Determinants of Health.  A local 2013 survey showed that only 26.9% of the respondents consider income as a significant factor in supporting health and well-being. When money is tight there is less money for food, meals are skipped which leads to poor mental, physical and oral health and increases the risk of disease.

In the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, there is a group of individuals who are committed to bringing how the social determinants of health influence poverty to the forefront.  This group is called the Leeds Grenville Poverty Reduction Alliance.

Some examples of the work the Poverty Reduction Alliance has done in 2017 includes:

·         Hosted local consultations regarding the Basic Income Guarantee pilot by the Ontario Government

·         Facilitated community discussion in local MP Gord Brown on the Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy

·         Promoted awareness and access of the Canadian Learning Bond

·         Supported and promoted the Getting Ahead program

·         Invited guest speaker presentations from Food Matters and the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction

·         Conducted key informant interviews to capture the voice of the lived experience related to poverty

·         Membership to Vibrant Communities

Many of these efforts will continue into 2018.  Also in 2018, the Poverty Reduction Alliance will be highlighting the 11 social determinants of health through our local media outlets.  Join the conversation about what impacts our health – share your personal and professional knowledge.  Everyone deserves the opportunity to lead a healthy life. 

For more information on health equity or how to get involved in the Leeds Grenville Poverty Reduction Alliance, visit a www.healthunit.org or call 1-800-660-5853 and ask for the Health Equity Coordinator.