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Decent Work and Health News Bites
News about Decent Work & Health from across the globe, but shorter!
  • According to a report released by CIBC, Canadian workers face a growing wage gap and increasing precarious workespecially young workers and those aged 55 and above. Read more from the CBC...
  • Uber Eats Delivery staff are facing a 30-50% wage cut overnight and are striking in response to these cuts. Read more from the Toronto Star... This is happening amidst nation-wide protests in the US, with Uber drivers demanding higher wages. Read more from CNET...
  • Job loss is common for domestic abuse survivors. A new Arizona state law that increases minimum wage to $12 by 2020, will also allow for domestic violence survivors and individuals experiencing mental health concerns to take a paid sick leave. Read more from The Phoenix Business Journal
  • A private members bill introduced in Ontario could result in 10 paid sick days for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Read more from the Toronto Star
Organizing for Decent Work and Health
Articles and Journal Publications Exploring Advocacy Related to the the Social Determinants of Health and Decent Work
This article reflects on why a shared value of health matters matters in creating a culture of health. Combining a literature review and stakeholder engagement the authors draw lessons from the environmental and civil rights movements that have been successful in creating an understanding of shared values. Key suggestions are to focus on changing mindsets, understanding expectations, building a community identity and to focus on civic engagement strategies. Click here to learn more.

Chandra, A., Miller, C. E., Acosta, J. D., Weilant, S., Trujillo, M., & Plough, A. (2016). Drivers Of Health As A Shared Value: Mindset, Expectations, Sense Of Community, And Civic Engagement. Health Affairs, 35(11), 1959-1963.

This article argues that public discourse around poor health can often be limited to individual health concerns that can be remedied by healthcare interventions or lifestyle changes, as there is a limited public understanding of the social determinants of health. As such, public health professionals can play an important role in shaping public policy by translating the evidence base into plain language while also exploring their role as policy actors. Click here for more details.

Knight, E. K., Benjamin, G. D., & Yanich, D. (2016). Framing social determinants of health within the professional public health community: research translation and implications for policy change. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 44(3), 256-274.

The final piece in a 4 part series, this article explores the issue of social accountability in family medicine at a macro-level. This article offers macro level interventions that family physicians and their respective organizations can engage in to support health for all. Suggestions include:
  1. Engaging in organizational advocacy for improved social determinants of health
  2. Advocating for funding that encourages the social determinants of health to be addressed
  3. Encouraging cross-sectoral support of public policies that address the upstream determinants of health
  4. Transforming medical education at all levels to to have an increased focus on the social determinants of health
Click here to read more.
Meili, R., Buchman, S., Goel, R., & Woollard, R. (2016). Social accountability at the macro level Framing the big picture. Canadian Family Physician, 62(10), 785-788.
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