Instead of curing disease, public health measures work on preventing disease by addressing factors that create illness in the first place: social, economic and physical environments, personal health practice and access to health services.
The world we have allowed to rise up around us makes unhealthy living the normal default behavior. If you have to go out of your way to make healthful choices, then go figure the vast majority of us won’t.
“If we want to make our patients well, that means we want to make our communities well. And that means prevention and addressing the social determinants of illness.” Sir Michael Marmot, Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization Read the Interview: How to make the social determinants of health matter […]
Recently, I was fortunate to attend the Global Symposium on the Role of Physicians and National Medical Associations in Addressing Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health held in London, England. The meeting was organized by the Canadian, British and World Medical Associations and had, among other goals, an agenda to assist public health pioneer Sir Michael Marmot in making such issues central to his upcoming role as president of the World Medical Association.
The Older Adult Service Providers of Calgary released a report warning that more older adults could be at risk of homelessness if affordable seniors’ housing providers and mental health service providers don’t work together to tackle the growing problem of older adults living with mental illness.