Social Determinants of Health

Social Determinants of Health

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Let’s dive deeper into what affects our overall health. Social and economic factors that affect our health and quality of life is called social determinants of health. Not all health outcomes are ideal and the obvious factors we usually do not think it inevitably impacts us. The daily living conditions we experience shape our health. Conditions such as where we are born, raised, work, live, and age. For example, individuals who are well-off and living comfortably have better overall health.

12 Influencing Factors

There are 12 factors of Social Determinants of Health:Income and social status

  • Employment and working conditions
  • Education and literacy
  • Childhood experiences
  • Physical environments
  • Social supports and coping skills
  • Healthy behaviours
  • Access to health services
  • Biology and genetic endowment
  • Gender
  • Culture
  • Race/ racism

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What Can We Do ?

Social determinants of health exist in Canada because the government has neglected the aforementioned factors. We need to start educating more people on this issue, put pressure on the government and policymakers to promote public policy on the topic of health and support political parties that are open-minded to this concept.

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