Social Determinants of Health: What is to be Done? An Open Study & Discussion with the Alliance for People`s Health

Monday May 21st 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House @ 2425 Oxford Street, Vancouver
R.S.V.P. encouraged – email allianceforpeopleshealth@gmail.com

It has been 167 years since Frederich Engels published The Condition of the Working Class in England, identifying unjust social conditions as the leading cause of disease and injury amongst the English working class.  In 1978 delegates from over 120 countries to the International Conference on Primary Health Care in Alma Ata, USSR, re-affirmed the connection between social (in)justice and health.  In 2005 the World Health Organization struck the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health led by Sir Michael Marmot, a leading academic in the field of health inequities, and in 2008 this same commission published a `ground-breaking`report entitled “Closing the gap in a generation : health equity through action on the social determinants of health“.

Despite this sustained and growing interest in the connections between wealth inequities and health inequities, what is being done at the national and international level to address this connection?  What strategies are the WHO and other global institutions putting forward to address social justice?   What are some of the alternative strategies being adopted in countries where vibrant movements for social justice exist?  What can we learn from these movements? How is the health sector involved in such struggles?

Anne-Emanuelle Birn suggests in her article Making it Politic(al): Closing the Gap in a Generation: Health Equity through Action on the Social Determinants of Health that revolutionary redistribution of wealth and power is the way to address health inequities through concrete action towards social justice.

http://www.socialmedicine.info/index.php/socialmedicine/article/view/365/719

Join members and organizers of the Alliance for People`s Health for a study and discussion of Anne-Emanuelle Birn`s article and the contributions we can make locally through the Alliance for People`s Health.
We look forward to meeting you!

For more information, contact us at allianceforpeopleshealth@gmail.com

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