The Project for an Ontario Women’s Health Evidence-Based Report (POWER) Study has released a chapter of its “Women’s Health Equity Report” on the social determinants of health and populations at risk in Ontario.
The POWER Study is an evidence-based tool for policy makers, providers and consumers to use in efforts to advance health and health equity in Ontario. The tool is based on a community-engaged research model and an integrated Knowledge Translation approach. The study focused on gender differences in access, quality and outcomes of care with respect to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the province and by gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity and other factors.
This chapter looks at the role that the social determinants of health play, with a specific focus on income, education, employment, family structure and food security. Attention is paid to POWER Study findings related to immigrant and minority populations, as well as reporting on three new indicators for immigrant women’s health. A POWER Health Equity Road Map is proposed in the chapter with the aim of helping Ontario move forward towards greater health equity. A French translation and the POWER Study’s last chapter on achieving health equity in Ontario will be available soon.
For more information and to view the chapter, please visit www.powerstudy.ca.