The Halton Region Health Department believes that all residents should have the opportunity to make choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of diversities such as income, education or ethnic backgrounds. This idea is reflected in our mission statement “Together with the Halton Community, the Health Department works to achieve the best possible health for all.” As a result, we are committed to providing accessible, affordable public health services to all Halton residents.
However, avoidable differences in health do exist among citizens. We know that adults in Halton are more likely to report being in excellent or very good health as household income increases. We also know that residents in the most socially and economically deprived areas within Halton visit emergency departments more often, are hospitalized more frequently and have higher rates of premature death.
So why do these health differences exist? Good health is about much more than having access to health care. It is about our living conditions – income, education, jobs, housing, social supports – that shape our opportunities to be healthy. Everyone needs access to health care, but healthy communities and living conditions reduce our need for health services.