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This contributed volume summarizes how socio-economic factors affect the health of Canadians, surveys the current state of eleven social determinants of health across Canada, and provides an analysis of how these determinants affect Canadians' health. In each case, the book explores what policy options would contribute to better health outcomes, and how to ensure that these options are pursued.
Eleven critical areas are investigated: Aboriginal status, early life, education, employment and working conditions, food security, health care services, housing, income and its distribution, social safety net, social exclusion, unemployment and employment security. Gender, and how its meaning is constructed within Canadian society, is another important social determinant of health. All contributors systematically consider how it impacts upon and interacts with their specific social determinant of health to influence health.
Selected contributors: Martha Friendly, Gina B. Browne, Andrew Jackson, Michael Polanyi, Michael Rachlis, and Michael Shapcott, with a foreword by Roy Romanow.