Let’s start a conversation about health.

 

conversation about healthThe 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.

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This is poverty here at home

Margins-Cover-thumb1There has been plenty of talk lately about the expanding Sunshine List of public sector workers earning six-figure salaries.

Ooh, aahs, daydreams of making such annual salaries, whether such pay cheques are valid at taxpayer expense and the like.

Certainly, matters of concern surround the Sunshine List, but what really needs attention is the growing number of Halton residents who could be placed on a ‘Poverty List.’

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“The Economic Cost of Poverty”

 

Marc HamelHalton Poverty Reduction Forum

April 4, 2013

Opening Remarks by Marc Hamel, Co-Chair of the Halton Poverty Roundtable

Three years ago I thought that poverty was not an issue in Halton. However, I spent a day with 15 members of our community as they shared their challenges of living with low income in Halton. Our community. They spoke to me and my fellow panel members about how tough it was to survive each and every day, and they spoke to us, as well, of the ways that they found to give back to the community, to volunteer and to help others. They said that this provided them with some sense of place, a sense of control and a sense of self worth. I learned that, yes, poverty means being hungry; and, yes, it means struggling to find a place to live; but more than that I finally began to understand that poverty really means an absence of choice and opportunity. It means being unable to participate effectively in or contribute to our community. I also started to understand that because poverty is a systemic issue it will persist regardless of any single individuals’ behaviour, their attitudes and their choices – unless, together, we make systemic changes to how we live together.
No one chooses to live in a state of deprivation – no one chooses to live in poverty.

Marc Hamel Opening Remarks

New strategy offers little relief for those in poverty

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Local organizations working to fight poverty in Halton cringed last Thursday upon hearing about changes to social assistance being considered by the Province.

Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre discussed a recently-released Commission for the Review of Social Assistance report at a poverty reduction forum hosted at the Oakville Conference Centre by the Halton Poverty Roundtable.

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Halton Poverty Roundtable receives $225K provincial grant

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The grant, which is divided into $75,000 a year over the next three years, was presented to the HPRT by Burlington MPP Jane McKenna at the Appleby Ice Centre in Burlington on Monday morning.

“Even a prosperous community is touched by poverty. The ongoing work of the Halton Poverty Roundtable is essential to co-ordinating partner agencies, raising awareness and stimulating philanthropy that can change lives,” McKenna said.

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