Dr. Dennis Raphael
Wednesday February 9, 2011
Room 320 Bethune College
Reducing Social and Health Inequalities Requires Building Social and Political Movements
Health inequalities are an outcome of social inequalities, and both result from the workings of the economic system - a governmental apparatus that maintains or reinforces these inequalities and a public discourse that justifies these inequalities. Modifying these societal processes - thereby improving the social determinants of health - requires developing and implementing public policies consistent with reducing these inequalities.
Dr. Dennis Raphael, PhD is a professor of health policy at the School of Health Policy and Management at York University. The most recent of his over 150 scientific publications have focused on the health effects of income inequality and poverty, the quality of life of communities and individuals, and the impact of government decisions on Canadians' health and well-being.
Dr. Beryl Pilkington
Wednesday March 2, 2011
12:00 - 1 pm
320 Bethune College
Type 2 Diabetes - Perspectives of Persons with Diabetes Living on a Low Income and Community Health Service Providers
The incidence of diabetes is significantly higher among the poor and this population also faces higher rates of complications and premature mortality. Research has focused on the relationship of lifestyle to diabetes but has neglected the impact of the social determinants of health on its incidence and management. To prevent diabetes and manage it effectively, more attention must be paid to the impacts of the social determinants of health. Health professionals must recognize their responsibility to advocate for poverty reduction policies and programs given these are critical to the prevention and optimal management of type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Beryl Pilkington, RN, BScN, MScN, PhD practiced in maternal-newborn and women's health nursing for 16 years before returning to complete her doctorate in Nursing. Her research has focused on lived experiences related to health and quality of life, including loss, grief, and suffering and persisting while wanting to change. She is currently on an interdisciplinary team that will investigate the experience of living with diabetes for persons of different income levels.
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