Factors related to income, education, employment, our communities and the environment, have been shown to be more important for our health than genetics, lifestyle decisions, and even health care systems. These factors, collectively known as the structural determinants of health, represent the resources by means of which people control the conditions of their life.
The structural determinants of health have begun to receive more attention in the field of public health and in the work of civil society groups. Healthy Policies seeks to expand on this work by directing attention upstream to the political processes which explain how different individuals arrive at different levels of resources. Through research, policy analysis and advocacy, Healthy Policies is committed to actively advancing public polices which protect and expand access to resources important for health. We hope to provide a platform for multi-disciplinary action and encourage people to engage with, and sometimes challenge, discourses surrounding public policy and health.