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Schools & Child Care

Determinants of Health

Healthy kids are better learners. Schools understand the importance of students arriving at school daily in a positive frame of mind, with their needs met, and ready to learn. Schools can take an active role to support the unique factors that impact their school community.

 ‘Social determinants of health’ is a growing body of knowledge which suggests there are key social and economic factors impacting a person’s health – health is not limited to our biology, genes, or lifestyle choices.

A school community will have a range of socio-economic backgrounds represented. Students, parents, and staff live in social, geographic, and economic settings that impact on their ability to achieve optimal health. We encourage all members of the school community to be encouraged to play an active role in schools, to help build awareness and to support strategies that enhance school health and well-being. We also encourage school communities to increase their awareness of ‘Social determinants of health’ and their impact on student well-being.

Local statistics for Determinants of Health in Simcoe Muskoka are available within the HealthSTATS section of the health unit website. Schools can find the most recently released socio-economic and cultural data that will continue to be updated as new data becomes available.


Bridges out of Poverty is a framework to increase our current understanding about poverty. Find out more information on how Bridges out of Poverty could be applied.

"Let's Start a Conversation About Health ...and Not Talk About Health Care at All" is a short video that highlights health as being about much more than access to medical care. It also illustrates how health is heavily influenced by a person's social and economic conditions We are sharing the video with partners and community members in Simcoe Muskoka to initiate conversations about the social determinants of health and health inequities.

For more information on the social determinants of health, visit the Canadian Best Practices Portal.

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