Making the Connections is a short video and visual exhibit that walks us through some of the social factors that have a significant impact on our health: income, housing, education, food, neighbourhood, sense of community, race and racism and access to health care. It also introduces systems thinking and asks us to think about the larger, interconnected society we are apart of and how these connections impact our health.
It is well established that people with lower income and education, who are unemployed or in precarious or low-paid work, or who face other lines of social inequality and exclusion have poor health outcomes.
Health is about more than having access to doctors, drugs and hospitals. Our health is shaped by where we live, grow, play, work and age. Research tells us that by addressing these social determinants, we can improve people’s health and well-being and reduce health inequities.