Health Voices Category: Poverty and Health

#ReThink Housing: Making the connection between affordable housing and health in BC

This month the Poverty Reduction Coalition (PRC) of BC launched a #ReThink Poverty Campaign, which runs from March through September of 2016.  Over the course of the coming months, the campaign will address the seven pillars of the comprehensive, provincial poverty reduction plan proposed by the PRC. As a member of the PRC, PHABC will…

The Politics of Health

by Diana Daghofer Barack Obama, Pope Francis, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and organizations like Oxfam and the World Health Organization are all saying it: Inequality is the greatest concern of our time. So what’s it going to take for our governments to act? Dr. Gary Bloch, a family physician in Toronto and a founding…

Local Actions for Reducing Health Inequalities

By Jalil Safaei  The Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) discourse is getting more practical for improving the health of populations and reducing health inequalities. Following the WHO Commission on SDOH Report in 2008 (Closing the Gap in a Generation), which emphasized acting on SDOH, a recent significant report published by the British Academy for Humanities…

The Power of Myths

By John Millar For those of us involved in advocacy and lobbying to reduce health and socioeconomic inequities, it is not unusual to be met with a couple of common responses: There is no real poverty Inequities are inevitable – they have always been with us and they are actually needed to motivate people to…

Why Austerity Kills

By Dr. John Millar In a recent book ‘The Body Economic – Why Austerity Kills. Recessions, budget battles, and the politics  of life and death’, David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu review the evidence from a worldwide natural experiment in political economic approaches to dealing with recessions: ‘austerity’ vs. ‘stimulus’ (http://thebodyeconomic.com/). The austerity approach aims to…

Welfare Food Challenge Days 3 and 4

By Marjorie MacDonald I did not get the opportunity to blog this weekend because I have been sick. The only good thing about that was that I wasn’t hungry, which made it a bit easier to cope. On Friday, however (Day 3), I thought a lot about how challenging it is to eat a healthy…