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Poorer, more polluted Toronto neighbourhoods have higher childhood asthma rates: Study

TORONTO — Children living or born in poorer or more polluted Toronto neighbourhoods are more likely to develop childhood asthma, new research suggests.

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Wellness Biz to EEOC: "Stop Worrying About Discrimination"

Should the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission stop “worrying” about discrimination and let wellness profiteers run roughshod over workers? This is like asking whether the FDA should stop fretting about cigarettes or whether the ATF should get over its obsession with those pesky firearms. 427 more words

Bad news: negative Indigenous health coverage reinforces stigma

Dr Melissa Stoneham and her colleagues at the Public Health Advocacy Institute WA (PHAIWA) at Curtin University last year looked at the portrayal of Indigenous health in selected Australian media. 1,008 more words


Social Policy Whisperer: Are health funding cuts a Second Front in the war on the voluntary sector?

In his latest Social Policy Whisperer column below, Prof. Paul Smyth from the University of Melbourne warns of growing risk to our society and democracy from an agenda to defund peaks and fund agencies only to deliver services – “no more no less”. 762 more words


Update: The Persistent Stigma of Substance Use Disorders

I’m looking forward to contributing to Social Work Helper, where my recent blog post on stigma and policy appears. Some of the most important work we do in health right now is cross-sector work. 172 more words


Why well-being matters in the policy debate

Government policy ought to be designed to help its citizens flourish in a sustainable environment (in all its manifestations). When considering policy changes, it’s helpful to use evidence from a range of disciplines. 835 more words

Policy Change

Individual Behaviors

Decades ago, tobacco use, diet, physical inactivity, and other personal behaviors were identified as the leading killers in the United States (McGinnis and Foege, 1993). Indeed, individual behaviors contribute greatly to the health disadvantages in the United States. 612 more words