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Health Equity

Health equity is when all members of our communities, regardless of race, age, income, culture or education, have opportunities to be healthy.

Many of the causes of poor health and health inequities relate to the social, physical and environmental conditions around us. These are sometimes referred to as the social determinants of health. The social determinants of health include things like income, education, employment, food and housing. These determinants influence our health and the opportunities we have to be healthy.

The health unit is one of many partners in the community taking action to address the social determinants of health to reduce health inequities.


  • Assess and report on the socio-economic conditions of our communities and the health of those populations experiencing health inequities.
  • Make our programs and services more accessible to all people.
  • Engage with individuals and community partners to address local and system-wide barriers that create health inequities through action and advocacy.

What Matters to Your Health

When we think about what makes us healthy, what often comes to mind is access to health care, the lifestyle choices we make, and our genetics. Although these things have an impact, our health is determined by so much more. These include factors such as where we live and work, the amount of money we have, and our social connections. Learn more about the social determinants of health.

Low Income in Simcoe Muskoka

We have published a Low Income FOCUS Report that features data and other information related to low income and its impact on health in Simcoe Muskoka. As follow up to the report, we have partnered with other community stakeholders to address issues of low income.

For more information:

Call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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