Week 5 Webinar: Implications for Health Inequities for Health Promotion…
Week 5 Webinar: Implications for Health Inequities for Health Promotion and Public Health Policy
Health promotion represents a complex social and political process.
Large focus on:
Model only useful for explaining how we got into the situation and how to get out
7 main components
Social determinants of health
Conceptual Model (Raphael)
How we got into the situation and how to get out
Health Promoters can often struggle to access the public policy level of dealing with health inequities.
Political blind spots
"stay in your lane"
Need PH "savvy" communicators
Political influence and power structures play a huge role in the social determinants of health.
The nature of society
Canada as a liberal welfare state
Organized labour and unions
Corporate and business power
Pressure from top and bottom
Importance for community action
With shifts in politics/economic priorities, public health has to go through a major restructuring.
Example: Nova Scotia restructuring
Lack of evidence
What can we do?
Public health practitioners can help to improve the public’s understanding of the importance of tracking health inequities.
Real life stories
Promote and share resources
Publicize research findings