A workshop presentation by the Canadian Policy Research Network (CPRN) exploring how and when to use public dialogue methodology, drawing on CPRN’s experience with dialogues on health reform, the social contract, quality of life and other issues.
This summary published by Health Canada highlights the research on growing evidence for the link between social and economic status and health.
This resource by the Calgary Volunteer Sector Initiative is designed to help voluntary organizations participate in the federal public policy development process. The guide also gives federal government departments insight into how to involve their voluntary sector counterparts more effectively. The development of this resource was funded by the Government of Canada through the Capacity Joint Table (CJT) of the Voluntary Sector Initiative.
A practical guide by Health Canada to public policy development with specific emphasis on the meaningful inclusion of stakeholders and citizens.
This report is a summary of social capital research commissioned by the Policy Research Division, Strategic Policy Directorate, Population and Public Health Branch, Health Canada. The work attempts to clarify the place of social capital among the social determinants of health.
In spite of an accumulated body of evidence and Canada’s own expertise on the topic, there is currently a policy vacuum on social determinants of health, as the costs and delivery of health care services have come to dominate the public debate. Whereas Canada was a leader in the 1970s and 1980s, it has now fallen behind countries such as the United Kingdom, Finland and Sweden. If we continue to ignore these broader policy issues, promoting healthy lifestyles and increasing spending on medical care are unlikely to succeed in maintaining and improving the health of Canadians. Establishing a social determinants of health task force to consider the findings and implement their implications would be a valuable first step in this direction.
Despite growing evidence as to their effect upon health outcomes, housing issues have not been high on the agenda of most health researchers in Canada and the federal government and many provincial governments have withdrawn from the provision of social housing over the last decade. To end the current housing crisis and insecurity, governments have to increase their spending on housing by 1 per cent of overall spending and adopt a national housing strategy that recognizes that housing affects the population’s health and other social determinants of health.
This document by the British Colombia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health provides an excellent overview of the issues relevant to women’s mental health, and contains a series of recommendations for developing a national women’s mental health strategy.
This report card from 2003 by Campaign 2000 on Child Poverty in Canada measures the progress, or lack of progress, of the unanimous all-party resolution “to seek to achieve the goal of eliminating poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000”.
This publication by the World Health Organization examines this social gradient in health, and explains how psychological and social influences affect physical health and longevity. It then looks at what is known about the most important social determinants of health today, and the role that public policy can play in shaping a social environment that is more conducive to better health.