In the current environment of deepening class and income inequality, it is essential to understand the socio-economic conditions that shape the health of individuals and communities. Now in its third edition, Dennis Raphael’s Social Determinants of Health offers a comprehensive discussion of the primary factors that influence the health of Canada’s population.
This seminal text on the social determinants of health contains contributions from top academics and high-profile experts from across the country. Taking a public policy approach, the authors in this edited collection critically analyze the structural inequalities embedded in our society and the socio-economic factors that affect health, including income, education, employment, housing, food security, gender, and race.
The thorough updates to this edition include a greater focus on the political mechanisms that explain the distribution of the social determinants of health and additional material on public policy, early childhood education in Canada, and the determinants of Indigenous peoples’ health. Rich in pedagogical tools including critical thinking questions and lists of recommended readings and online resources, this book will actively engage students and researchers alike.
About the Author:
Dennis Raphael is Professor of Health Policy and Management at York University, as well as the author of over 150 publications that speak to topics in public policy, poverty, and social determinants of health. One of CSPI’s top-selling authors, Raphael’s extensive list of publications includes Poverty in Canada (2011) and Health Promotion and Quality of Life in Canada (2010). He is the editor of Tackling Health Inequalities: Lessons from International Experiences (2012), Staying Alive: Critical Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health Care (co-edited with Toba Bryant and Marcia Rioux, 2010), and Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives, Second Edition (2008). Raphael has received numerous awards for his esteemed work, including a Faculty of Health Research Award in the Established Career Category (2010) and over thirty research grants. In addition to his academic work, Raphael has published over a dozen articles in newspapers and magazines, including the Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Sun, and The Hamilton Spectator. A longtime community activist, Raphael has authored charters and community research manuals; he is also a member of various working groups and advisory committees.