I met Ben and Sherry when I was facilitating a focus group discussion in Winnipeg with consumers who use payday loans. A payday loan is the borrowing of a small amount of money (up to $1,500) that must be repaid in a short time frame and carries a hefty fee.
To thrive economically, Manitoba needs young people. Fortunately, our relatively high birth rate — around 1.93 for every 1000 women — combined with favourable immigration trends means that Manitoba’s population will continue to grow.
While the link between poverty and poor health outcomes is well established, experts say that many health care providers feel unequipped to intervene. Nancy McPherson, a Population Health Analyst, says that one solution is for health practitioners to diagnose and treat poverty, like any other physical condition. An immediate step is to encourage patients to […]
This week, Canadian physicians are gathering for the annual meeting of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). Often called Canada’s ‘Parliament of Medicine,’ one of the meeting’s strategic sessions is zeroing in on the health consequences of climate change.
Canadian households are paying more for a nutritious basket of food with rising prices hitting low-income households hardest — especially those receiving government assistance.
When parents bring a child into the clinic, they do so hoping for help to treat an acute illness or a longer-term problem.
Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy is a compendium of OpEds published in the media in 2012-2013 by some of Canada’s leading experts in the field, offering a snapshot of the evidence on the issues of the day.
While indigenous populations in Canada have higher risks of health problems, our usual treatments often focus solely on western medical approaches.
Genetics will save the day — at least that’s the message you see pretty much everywhere in the media, and sometimes even in the academic literature.