Social Determinants of Health

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We will improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities among historically marginalized communities in the Peel Region and among Northern Ontario First Nations.


Through this campaign, and in full partnership with our communities, we will co-create solutions to health inequities disproportionately borne by people from low socio-economic backgrounds, racialized populations, newcomers, vulnerable children, and members of Indigenous and Northern Ontario First Nation communities. We will establish a Collaborative for Community Health and Resilience that researches and develops approaches that have local, national, and global impact. All aspects of the Collaborative’s work will be informed by the lived experiences and wisdom of the communities with which we partner. Advisory Councils and research associates from our partner communities will ensure our work is locally driven, participatory, and relevant. Together, we will implement place-based, culturally appropriate population health solutions. We will bring Indigenous capacities and methods to support population health, expand Indigenous-led research, and increase Indigenous food sovereignty and wellbeing. This effort will leverage the significant investment to create the Novo Nordisk Network, expanding its impact into rural and remote communities where health inequities—diabetes and other chronic diseases—are particularly acute. It builds upon existing expertise across UTM and U of T, including in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and longstanding, effective collaborations with Trillium Health Partners and other Mississauga-based organizations. By expanding academic programs in population health at the undergraduate and graduate levels, we will build capacities for sustained improvements in health equity.

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