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Where Health Starts
Social Determinants of Health

What makes us Healthy?

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Building on Health in Priority Neighbourhoods Report

Building on Health in Priority Neighbourhoods Report PDF

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Health is about more than life style choices and having access to good medical care. Healthcare is what we do when we are already sick. Our health and well-being are affected by our living conditions - where we are born, grow, live, work and age. Jason’s story is about how these factors influence our health.

While access to quality health care will always be important, it is time for us to think about preventing people from getting sick in the first place.

Health starts with:

(Adapted from Halton Region Health Department)

The Public Health Agency of Canada lists 12 key 'determinants of health':

  1. Income and Social Status

    To learn more about how our health is shaped by these complex and interconnected social factors, watch Wellesley Institute’s Making the Connections video. Video

  2. Social Support Networks
  3. Education and Literacy
  4. Employment/Working Conditions
  5. Social Environments
  6. Physical Environments
  7. Personal Health Practices and Coping Skills
  8. Healthy Child Development
  9. Biology and Genetic Endowment
  10. Health Services
  11. Gender
  12. Culture

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