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Community connectors are known by various titles such as community service workers, link workers or system navigators. They are specialists in preventive and social care. (Shutterstock)

Why increasing Canada’s health budget for preventive and social care makes sense fiscally and medically

Supporting preventive and social care through investment in community connectors addresses the root cause of health issues, lowers future curative costs and provides better value for taxpayers.
More than half of Detroiters rent Detroit’s aging housing stock. Suzanne Tucker/Getty I,ages

Detroit’s legacy of housing inequity has caused long-term health impacts − these policies can help mitigate that harm

Historical housing discrimination in Detroit persists today and causes disparities in health outcomes. Policies are making a difference, but more needs to be done.
If public health bodies and policymakers put greater focus on improving the work environment, it could achieve major gains in population health and reduce health inequities. (Shutterstock)

The impact of work on well-being: 6 factors that will affect the future of work and health inequalities

The work environment is a social determinant of health. However, work has been underused as a lever to address health inequalities.
Modifiable risk factors for dementia include high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and infrequent social contact. (Shutterstock)

Aging with a healthy brain: How lifestyle changes could help prevent up to 40% of dementia cases

While there is no guarantee of warding off cognitive decline, encouraging people to be physically, mentally and socially active could potentially keep a significant number of dementia cases at bay.
Clean and safe city parks can be important factors in supporting kids’ health and well-being. paci77/DigitalVision Vectors via Getty Images

Fixing the global childhood obesity epidemic begins with making healthy choices the easier choices – and that requires new laws and policies

Obese children outnumber underweight ones globally, and ‘social determinants’ in kids’ lived environments play a fundamental role. Obesity in kids can lead to a lifetime of poor health.
Income inequality is the gap between the highest and lowest earners in a given area. It can contribute to people’s risk of poor health, and specifically mental health. (Shutterstock)

Deaths of despair: How income inequality puts Canadian youth at risk

Higher levels of income inequality in youth are associated with increased ‘deaths of despair’ in young Canadians.
The growing interest in wellness is an opportunity for universities to provide evidence-based information beyond campuses, in the broader community. (Shutterstock)

Taking mental wellness education beyond the campus: How universities can help respond to the mental health care crisis

Mental health isn’t just about illness, it is also about wellness. Universities are well positioned to offer accessible, evidence-based wellness education to the general public.

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