Income Inequality and Health

In this guest post, Ronald Labonté moves from describing the impact of income inequality on health to the implications of this relationship for both the Canadian and global context. He presents two sets of policy reforms necessary for acting on these contexts and illustrates the scope for Canadian engagement with both national and global policy options. Labonté holds a Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity at the Institute of Population Health, and is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa; and in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University of South Australia.

Acting to reduce health inequity: How much evidence is enough?

It is often asserted that more evidence is needed to take action on the social determinants of health. In this guest post Ted Schrecker identifies such claims as a key obstacle to achieving health equity. He argues that to overcome this obstacle, we must recognize that decisions about how much evidence is enough are irrevocably bound together with important ethical and political choices. Ted is a Professor of Global Health Policy at Durham University.

Paul Krugman: America’s Greatest Public Health Champion?

Last week the New York Times reported on a study which documents a reversing trend in life expectancy for the least educated whites in the US. The study shows that since 1990, life expectancy for white Americans without a high school diploma has fallen by five years for women and three years for men. Reading […]

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Weekly Round-Up 2/19

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New evidence links job insecurity to health

A new study published in the latest issue of Social Science & Medicine links poor health to job insecurity in 16 European countries. With results similar to findings from other studies, this research makes a unique contribution to the evidence base by investigating international differences.


UK Releases Blueprint for Reducing Inequalities

A major report published last week arms the UK with an evidence-based strategy for reducing health inequalities over the next 10 years. Commissioned by the government, the report, Fair Society, Healthy Lives, outlines six essential policy objectives.

Health Systems

The 7 Essential Components of a National Health System:

Medical care institutions are the typical target of health system reform. While these institutions can and do improve the quality of life of sick individuals, they do little to prevent or resolve major chronic problems like cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Research from public health shows that efforts focused on behavioral change or lifestyle interventions are […]

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