Health determinants

Health determinants

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

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Research
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One of six National Collaborating Centres created by the Public Health Agency of Canada to form a key part of the Government of Canada's commitment to renew and strengthen public health in Canada. The NCCDH focuses on the social and economic factors that influence the health of Canadians. The Centre translates and shares information and evidence about the social determinants of health with front-line public health practitioners, policymakers and researchers – individuals who need this information to make evidence-informed practice, planning, policy and research decisions.

Primary Telephone: 
(902) 867-6134
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Email Address: 
nccdh@stfx.ca
Fax Number: 
(902) 867-6130
Street Address: 
St. Francis Xavier University
Addt'l Street Address: 
2400 Mount Saint Bernard, Camden 116, 2nd Floor, PO Box 5000
City: 
Antigonish
Province: 
Nova Scotia
Postal/ZIP Code: 
B2G 2W5
Country: 
Canada

Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of health (Final Report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health)

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English
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Online
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World Health Organization
Publication Date: 
2008
Publication Place: 
Geneva, Switzerland

Discusses social justice as a matter of life and death and examines this in the context of the social determinants of health. A girl born today can expect to live for more than 80 years if she is born in some countries – but less than 45 years if she is born in others. Within countries there are dramatic differences in health that are closely linked with degrees of social disadvantage. In its final report, the Commission on Social Determinants of Health calls on the WHO and all governments to lead global action on the social determinants of health with the aim of achieving health equity.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
ISBN 978 92 4 156370 3
Notes: 
Includes bibliographical references.

Gendering the health determinants framework: why girls’ and women’s health matters

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English
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Paper
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Cecilia Benoit
Leah Shumka
Publisher: 
Women’s Health Research Network
Publication Date: 
2009
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

Clarifies the concepts in the health determinants framework (HDF) and examines its usefulness in understanding the health of a unique population group — girls and women — who face disadvantage due to structural inequities.

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ISBN 978-0-9783511-1-3
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Includes bibliographical references.

Worth a second look: considerations for action on health inequities in British Columbia with a sex, gender, and diversity lens

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English
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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Steve Chasey
Ann Pederson
Putu Duff
Publication Date: 
2009
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

Approaches health inequities from the standpoint of potential policy action. Provides examples of how applying a sex- and gender-based analysis can help refine policy options to be more effective, equitable, and cost-efficient. Produced by the Provincial Health Services Authority and the BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Taking a second look: Analyzing health inequities in British Columbia with a sex, gender, and diversity Lens

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English
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British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Steve Chasey
Ann Pederson
Putu Duff
Publication Date: 
2009
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

Examines a number of reported health inequities in British Columbia using sex- and gender-based analysis. Details how understanding the social context behind health inequities, which is strongly affected by issues of sex, gender, and diversity, can have powerful implications for how different populations experience and are marginalized by health inequities. Produced by the Provincial Health Services Authority and the BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health.

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Gender planning and gender mainstreaming

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English
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Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Womens' Health (ACEWH)
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Online
Author: 
Christine Saulnier
Sandra Bentley
Frances Gregor
Georgia MacNeil
Thomas Rathwell
Erin Skinner
Publisher: 
Maritime Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (now called Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women's Health)
Publication Date: 
1999
Publication Place: 
Halifax, NS

Gender Mainstreaming: Developing a Conceptual Framework for En-Gendering Healthy Public Policy develops a conceptual framework for mainstreaming gender issues and perspectives in health related polices. Its companion paper, "Gender Planning: Developing an Operational Framework for En-Gendering Healthy Public Policy" develops an operational framework. The project also produced four fact sheets: mainstreaming gender analysis, learning from health impact assessment, developing economic gender equality indicators, and mainstreaming gender analysis and public consultation and participation.
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Improving the health of Canadians: an introduction to health in urban places

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English
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Online
Publisher: 
Canadian Institute for Health Information
Publication Date: 
2006

Explores the patterns of health between and within Canadian cities as well as how the social and physical aspects of urban neighbourhoods and housing may be linked to people's overall health. It reviews the latest research, presents new analyses and explores relevant policies and programs.

What makes people vulnerable to HIV infection?

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English
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Online
Author: 
Canadian Public Health Association
Publisher: 
Canadian Health Network
Publication Date: 
2006
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Discusses how various 'determinants of health' play a role in causing some Canadians to be at a higher risk of contracting HIV infection.

Putting migration and ethnicity on the women's health map

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Bilkis Vissandjée
Marie DesMeules
Alisha Schotsman
Publisher: 
Network
Publication Date: 
2006
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Argues that it is essential to integrate ethnicity and migration into how we understand and study women's health challenges.

ISBN/ISSN: 
ISSN 14800039

Improving the health of Canadians: promoting healthy weights

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English
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Online
Author: 
Elizabeth Votta
Keith Denny
Publisher: 
Canadian Institute for Health Information
Publication Date: 
2006
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Looks at the features of the environments in which we live, learn, work and play that make it easier-or harder-for us as Canadians to make choices that promote healthy weights.

ISBN/ISSN: 
ISBN 1553927737 (PDF)
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Includes bibliographical references.
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