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Elect to improve your health

May 22, 2014
We are now less than four weeks away from the vote in the provincial election. This is an ideal time to consider the influence of government policies on your health and the health of your community.

We are now less than four weeks away from the vote in the provincial election. This is an ideal time to consider the influence of government policies on your health and the health of your community. Provincial elected officials play an important role in shaping policies that have an impact on all aspects of our lives, including our health.

Economic policies often have a direct influence on the income or employment status of people. These policies may have their strongest impact on the health of people in lower socio-economic brackets. Surveys in Simcoe Muskoka have shown that only about half of those with the lowest income feel their health is excellent or good, while 70 per cent of those in the highest income bracket report excellent or good health.

Similarly, affordable housing strategies can have significant benefit for vulnerable populations. Inadequate housing and homelessness account for conditions ranging from asthma to mental illness and premature death. Providing for affordable housing and funding for revitalization projects in lower income neighbourhoods will improve health and safety for those residents, and strengthen community connectedness that also contributes to well-being.

Public health impacts also arise from the policies and guidelines the province establishes around how our land is designated and developed. Community design and the preservation of agricultural land and green space can affect the availability of the food we eat, the amount of physical activity we get, the quality of the air we breathe, and our overall sense of well-being. These issues also have a broad impact on the burden and costs of preventable illness and death across the province. 

As you engage in the 2014 provincial election process, it is important to be informed of some of the key public health issues that affect the health of residents of Simcoe Muskoka. To that end the health unit has produced a document that highlights these issues and provides suggested actions the provincial government can take to improve the health of all Ontarians. This fact sheet, along with additional information, is posted off the front page of our website (www.simcoemuskokahealth.org).

Dr. Gardner is Simcoe Muskoka’s medical officer of health.


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