Speaker will discuss poverty, quality of life

PETERBOROUGH ON—A leading academic who has researched the connection between poverty and ill health is the guest speaker at an upcoming seminar for local socially-active organizations.

The speaker, Dennis Raphael, a York University professor, has published works that discuss the health effects of income inequality and the quality of life of Canadians.

Groups attending the June 19 seminar are the YWCA of Peterborough, Victoria and Haliburton, Peterborough Social Planning Council, Community Counselling and Resource Centre, Youth Emergency Shelter, four CAST, and members from the Social Planning Council Network of Ontario.

Gillian Sandeman, president of the Peterborough Social Planning Council, says Raphael’s talk is relevant and important in today’s society.

“His major message is that one of the greatest determinants of health is income. In other words, if you’re poor, you’re more likely to have heart disease,” she says.

When people think about poverty, especially childhood poverty, they more often think about such related topics as barriers to education and housing, says Sandeman.

“We don’t often equate poverty to health,” she says. “We need to understand that health care is not only about building hospitals and hiring doctors. If we can reduce poverty, we can reduce ill health.”

The seminar takes place at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, Whetung Theatre, room 519. It begins at 5 p.m.




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