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Social Determinants of Health

The social determinants of health (SDH) are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.(World Health Organisation)

VicHealth: Time: A Social Determinant Of Health

Time is a valuable commodity that is measured and controlled, and we can often decide how it is spent. Time is commonly measured in monetary terms, but it can also be measured in terms of health. How we use our time affects our mental and physical health and wellbeing. Between May and August 2011 VicHealth conducted a survey with 25 075 participants over 18 years of age, to see how time impacts on our health.

More Than a Health Issue: Addressing the Social Determinants of Obesity

Rather than blaming people for their obesity saying that they should eat healthier and exercise more, governments can make healthier foods more affordable and available, and to reduce the supply and promotion of unhealthy food.

MHIRC: Salutogenesis

Salutogenesis is an approach that focuses on factors that support human health and well-being, rather than disease. The word itself means the creation or origins of health, and comes from the Israeli/American sociologist Professor Aaron Antonovsky (1979, 1987).

The Canadian Facts Report

The Canadian Facts - Social Determinants Of Health In Canada

These resources provide a very useful primer about the Social Determinants of Health approach. Though set against a Canadian background, the principles apply globally and provide a meaningful framework for evaluating health through life contexts.

Sir Michael Marmot

Making Social Determinants of Health Matter: An Interview With Sir Michael Marmot

Sir Michael Marmot and Ryan Meili, family physician at the West Side Community Clinic in Saskatoon discuss the Social Determinants of Health and the evidence that the SDOH are getting more widely known among the population.

WHO: The Solid Facts (2003) Europe

The social determinants of health are concerned with the key factors of people's living and working conditions and how it impacts on their health, or, the social and environmental conditions in which people are born, grow up, live, work, and age. This booklet is the second edition and was published in 2003 for Europe. The social determinants of health discussed in this booklet were originally based on the European experience, but can serve as a basis for looking at health worldwide, including men’s health.

Messaging Guide For The Social Determinants Of Health

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: A New Way To Talk About The Social Determinants Of Health

The RWJF invested a significant level of research and development of a framework for communicating what the Social Determinants Of Health approach means to everyday Americans. It serves as a useful, ungendered guide to developing a communications framework that makes the SDOH relevant to everyday people.


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