My Lightbulb Moment: Our worst epidemics have social roots

In nursing school I learned about the social determinants of health. I read countless pages, wrote lengthy papers and sat in many lectures all dedicated to the topic.  But despite this 'knowledge' I gained at university, the reality of how our health has social sources didn’t really hit me until I ventured out into the real world.

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My Lightbulb Moment: Housing is healthcare

I remember how little my jeans, sneakers and light jacket did against the -30 degree cold of a Saskatoon winter. I’d just woken up on a cold cement floor, shivering under the thin fleece I had for a blanket. I was given a plate with some bread and boiled egg, then left to roam the downtown streets. The idea was to get a sense of what it’s like to be homeless.

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My Lightbulb Moment: Canada's vaccination gap

I am a Canadian nurse. I realized that our health is socially determined while working with children from northern communities in a pediatrics ward.

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