About Frontline Health: Beyond Health Care


Frontline Health - Working with the social determinants of health

It has been well documented over the past few decades that health is determined by more than one’s genetic makeup and access to/use of health care services. Individual and community health are determined by a vast array of external conditions and factors that involve housing, education, transportation, social networks and income, to name a few.

We now know that these social determinants of health (SDH) explain why life expectancy and good health improve in some communities and fail to advance in others. That is, inequities in health – or avoidable health inequalities – occur because of the “circumstances in which people grow, live, work, and age, and the systems put in place to deal with illness.”1

This website showcases the collaborative work of Canadians in public health and other sectors to address the SDH as the root causes of ill health and create positive changes and improved health outcomes for all.

Frontline Health: Beyond Health Care is a CPHA initiative with funding support from AstraZeneca Canada


1
Commission on Social Determinants of Health (2008). Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of health. Final Report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health. Geneva, World Health Organization, p. 26.