Let’s talk about something….

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We talk a lot about food, and often the topic of the social determinants of health comes up (here, here, and here).  Recently, a link to a nice video developed by the health unit in Sudbury showed up in my inbox.  It helps explain the basics of the social determinants of health and I’m here to share it with you today:

Is food a social determinant of health?  Yes.  An important one.  Did you ever think that food banks are wrapped up in the business of health care?  In a way they are.  You can think of us like paramedics if you’re feeling charitable.  We rush to the scene of crisis, deliver assistance and then move on.  Or perhaps, you can just think of us as good Samaritans who happen on a disaster.  We help as best we can and then maybe the situation improves, maybe it doesn’t.

But to extend the comparison a little further, are we doing enough about the cause of the disaster?  Sure, a little help gets people on their feet.  But who keeps knocking them down?  And what is the long-term consequence of getting pushed down by things like poverty, unemployment, bad housing, limited choices, and bad or no food?

Watch the video, give it some thought and talk to someone you know about it.  Talk to the people you’ve voted for, and who you’re going to vote for next election time.  It’s important for people like Ronald, Andrew, Maria and all the people that we serve.

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4 Responses to “Let’s talk about something….”

  1. michelle scott (@dothandmade) Says:

    This a great beginning to the conversation we need to continue having about the effects of poverty on a person’s health and well being. I agree with you Matt we need to send emails to our politicians so they know we want to see social assistance rates go up, people have access to healthy food, affordable and safe housing…

  2. Day 5: The Gift of Health « Hofemergencyfoodassistance's Blog Says:

    […] in our 12 Days series is ‘Health’. As we’ve talked about many times before (here, here, and here), we see the effects of poverty on people’s health every day here at food hampers. To give one […]

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