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Resources - videos, websites, advocacy and books

Videos

  • “Let’s Start a Conversation…” (English) (French) - health is about more than access to medical care. Health is also influenced by a person’s social and economic conditions.
  • Make the Month - interactive game challenges you to manage your money, raise a child and make it through the month on a minimum wage.
  • What’s Good for Canada – a series of short videos from those living in low income and what needs to change from the Canadian Center of Policy Alternatives.

Websites

Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity
  • Jason’s Story - This simple story, developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, speaks to the complex set of factors or conditions that determine the level of health of every Canadian.
  • A New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health - Developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this resource presents “a series of lessons, best practices, recommended language, and watch-outs that can support better and more persuasive messages” related to the social determinants of health.
  • The Wellesley Institute: Health Equity - The Wellesley Institute is a research and policy institute that provides  resources, and tools for policy-makers, practitioners, and community advocates for building health equity into strategy, planning and practice.
  • Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) - This tool is used to examine  the potential impacts of policies, initiatives, services and programs on groups at risk of experiencing health inequities.
  • National Collaborating Center for the Determinants of Health (NCCDH) - The Centre collects and shares evidence with public health organizations to influence health determinants and advance health equity.
  • Homeless Hub - The Homeless Hub offers resources to help anyone including service providers, researchers, and policy makers to better understand and tackle the problem of housing and homelessness.
  • St. Michael’s Centre for Urban Health Solutions conducts research and provides resources for building healthy policy and practices; address barriers and identify gaps in health related services;  and improves services for people dealing with homelessness and housing instability.

  • Vibrant Communities Canada - Vibrant Communities is a learning community of members who share a common interest in working to reduce poverty through multi-sector engagement and collaboration.
  • Tamarack Institute - provides support and knowledge generation on collective impact, community engagement, collaboration leadership, community development and evaluating collective impact.

Advocacy

  • Basic Income Guarantee Network – (BIG) networks, raises awareness, supports policy development and research about having a BIG for all Canadians.
  • The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives a research institute concerned with policy issues of social, economic and environmental justice.
  • Generation Squeeze – addresses the barriers facing young Canadians regarding SDOH such as education, income, and housing.
  • Health Care Providers Against Poverty (Ontario) – advocate on income security and social security, raise awareness about the health impacts of poverty, and engage health providers and people living in poverty in social and political change.
  • Ontario Living Wage Network – Network of employers, employees and researchers to address standards of pay for low wage workers.
  • Upstream addresses the social determinants of health in order to build a healthier society.

Local organizations

Papers, Reports and Books

  • Simcoe County Vital Signs – a report about who We Are, Arts & Culture, Health & Well-being, Housing & Homelessness, Poverty, Community

    Safety and Transportation within Simcoe Muskoka

  • Voices out of Poverty (2014) is a report on the experience of people living in poverty in Simcoe County through their own voices 
  • Working to End Homelessness Simcoe County 20,000 Homes Campaign Registry Week is a report on who was found homeless in Simcoe County (2016)
  • Making Choices Together - Re-Imaging Poverty Reduction in Simcoe County - Report and Appendices - a report about the broader priorities around poverty reduction for Simcoe County (2016)

 

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