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MD/MSc(c) 2019, LEAD Scholar @UofTmedicine & @IHPMEuoft, MPH @WesternU. Impatient optimist. Poverty is the #1 determinant of poor health: #HealthEquity.

  • Upstream: Talking differently about health

    Social factors play a significant role in determining whether we will be healthy or ill. Our health care is but one element of what makes the biggest difference in health outcomes. This has been understood for centuries, and empirically validated in recent decades with study after study demonstrating health inequalities between wealthy and disadvantaged populations. 

    Yet political conversations about health still tend to fall into familiar traps. When we talk about health we return by reflex to doctors and nurses, hospitals and pharmacies. And when we talk about politics — the field of endeavour with the greatest impact on what determines health outcomes — a narrow and economistic outlook seems to trump any attempts to address those social determinants.

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