I recommend this short 40min podcast on health inequalities by Dennis Raphael from podsocs, the Griffith University social workers podcast series. It raised a few things that I hadn't thought about in quite that way.
Health Inequalities, in conversation with Dennis Raphael
So what are health inequalities? How do government policies influence whether we improve a nation’s health or make it worse? These and other questions are tackled by Dennis Raphael in this Podsocs episode.
Dennis Raphael, PhD, is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at York University in Toronto. The most recent of his over 150 scientific publications have focused on the health effects of income inequality and poverty, the quality of life of communities and individuals, and the impact of government decisions on Canadians' health and well-being.
Dr. Raphael is editor of "Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives" (now in 2nd edition), co-editor of "Staying Alive: Critical Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health Care" (now in 2nd edition) and author of "Poverty in Canada: Implications for Health and Quality of Life", all published by Canadian Scholars' Press. "Health Promotion and Quality of Life in Canada: Essential Readings", an edited collection was released in January 2010 and "About Canada: Health and Illness" has been published by Fernwood Publishers. "Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts" (co-author) is a primer for the Canadian public has been downloaded over 100,000 times. His latest book "Tackling Health Inequalities: Lessons from International Experiences" was published November 1, 2012. Find links to these publications in references below.
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