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Determinants of Health

What makes a person healthy? ‘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.

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

"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.

The health unit is 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.

If you are interested in learning more about the social determinants of health and the role schools can play, speak to a public health nurse or contact Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.

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