Connecting with Canadians

Research Report:

Towards a New Concept of Health: Three Discussion Papers

by Sholom Glouberman, Philip Groff, Sari Kisilevsky, Catherine Nicholson

The project - Towards a New Perspective on Health Policy - is an effort to learn from the evolution and articulation of past policy frameworks and to use that experience to help develop a new framework for a changing modern context.  This discussion paper brings together three papers, each building on its predecessor - the initial results of a search for a new concept of health suited to conditions at the start of the 21st century.  Those conditions include significant inequalities in health outcomes among Canadians that persist even in the face of a universally accessible system of health care.  The implication of the papers is that we can no longer afford to ignore the link between the quality of our relationships, be they political, economic or strictly social, and the state of health.

Release Date: 6 Sep 2000
Number of pages: 49
Document number: 15650
Keywords: health factors, health gradient, social isolation, health disparities, health status