What Makes Us Healthy?
The answer to this question is complex. It is more than just the health care system, our genetics and our health behaviour choices.
The Public Health Agency of Canada says these 12 factors are what determine our health the most:
- Income and Social Status
- Income is the most influential determinant
- Social Support Networks
- Education and Literacy
- Employment and Working Conditions
- Social Environments
- Physical Environments
- Personal Health Practices and Coping Skills
- Healthy Child Development
- Biology and Genetic Endowment
- Health Services
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What is Health Equity?
The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health states that health equity is achieved when people can reach their full health potential and are not disadvantaged from attaining it due to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, social class, socioeconomic status or other socially determined circumstance.
Unequal social relations result in diminished health outcomes, leaving disadvantaged social groups vulnerable to poor health and living conditions. The Perth District Health Unit advocates for health equity by improving the social, economic, environmental and health systems in our community.