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In many public health circles, the social determinants of health (SDOH) are often discussed. However, there are few published comparisons of how specific jurisdictions implement SDOH-based policies and programs to improve health equity. Further, how do these jurisdictions achieve results that reduce health inequalities?
Based on SDOH publications from recent decades, seven key societal level investments have been identified that may help achieve health equity over the life-course of an individual. Evidence from these studies illustrates the extent to which these methods have achieved expected goals in Scotland, England and Wales, and Canada.
*rUK= Rest of UK
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Presenter: John Frank
Professor John Frank trained in Medicine and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, in Family Medicine at McMaster University, and in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He has been Professor (now Emeritus) at the University of Toronto, at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, since 1983; founding Director of Research at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto from 1991 to 1997; and inaugural Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Population and Public Health (2000-2008). In 2008, he became Director of a new Edinburgh-based Unit, funded by the Medical Research Council and the Scottish Chief Scientist Office: the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy.
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