Health Equity and COVID-19
Racial and socioeconomic inequities in rates of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization and mortality have been identified in Canada and internationally.
Social determinants of health (SDOH), such as gender, socioeconomic position, race/ethnicity, occupation, Indigeneity, homelessness and incarceration, are factors that potentially increase risk and severity of COVID-19 infection. Incorporating SDOH into risk considerations and assessments is crucial for supporting an equitable COVID-19 response.
Reports and Reviews
The reports below offer insight into how various populations have been impacted by COVID-19. These can help support decision making and program development to improve health equity. Please visit Coronavirus Synopsis of Key Articles to find detailed reviews on how COVID-19 inequities have manifested in other jurisdictions.
Socio-demographic data can now be collected and entered into Ontario’s data system. We offer training, discuss health unit experiences and answer questions on how to effectively collect race, income, household size, and language information from individuals.
Material Deprivation and COVID-19
Neighbourhoods in Ontario experiencing the highest levels of material deprivation are experiencing disproportionately higher rates of COVID-19 and related hospitalizations and deaths compared to neighbourhoods that experience lower levels of material deprivation.
PHO Rounds: Mostly Worse, Occasionally Better: The First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Mental Health of Children and Adolescents in Ontario
This large cross-sectional cohort study examined the impact of COVID-19 emergency measures on child/adolescent mental health for children/adolescents with and without pre-existing psychiatric diagnoses.