Social Determinants of Health in Alberta Communities

In this survey, RhPAP is asking about the social determinants of health.

What are the social determinants of health?
  • The social determinants of health (SDH) are the economic, personal, and social conditions that influence and shape people’s health. Our health is determined to a large extent by the conditions of everyday life and the environments in which we live, work, learn, and age.
  • In Canada, SDH include1:
    • Employment and working conditions
    • Unemployment and job security
    • Geography
    • Education
    • Health-care services
    • Housing
    • Immigration
    • Food insecurity
    • Disability
    • Social exclusion
    • Race
    • Gender
    • Indigenous ancestry
    • Social safety net
    • Early child development
    • Income and income distribution
    • Globalization
Why are they important?
  • Different communities and populations have unique experiences with the social determinants of health. In rural areas, SDH impact health outcomes differently than in urban centres, and shape the ability of rural residents to live healthy lives and access necessary care.
SDH for rural communities
  • Factors that impact the health of rural communities include resource limitations, health-care access, difficulty getting high-speed internet, and stigma surrounding mental health support. Access to health-care services might be challenging in rural areas due to a lack of reliable transportation or a shortage of primary and specialty care providers.
  • Accessible, quality health care is an important SDH that is critical to improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities in rural communities. Health-care organizations and providers have worked to address health-care access through Telehealth, mobile health services, community health centres, and interdisciplinary health teams.  
  • Communities have also implemented programs to address SDH to support residents' health and well-being. Some programs target specific social determinants, while others address several at once, often incorporating collaborative partnerships across sectors in the community.

This survey should take less than three minutes to complete.
 
[1] Source: Raphael, D. (Ed.) (2016). Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives, 3rd edition. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

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* 1. Are you a resident of Alberta?

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* 2. If you answered "Yes" to Question 1, in which AHS (Alberta Health Services) zone do you live?

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AHS Zone Map

<strong>AHS Zone Map</strong>

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* 3. Do you live in a rural or remote community with a population under 15,000?

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* 4. Are you currently working as a health professional (physician, nurse, nurse practitioner, midwife, or allied health-care professional)?

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* 5. Overall, what is your current understanding of the social determinants of health (SDH)?
Drag the slider to the preferred position, with 1 being the lowest understanding and 10 the highest, or enter a numerical rating in the box.

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* 6. How interested are you in learning more about SDH?

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* 7. Which of the following SDH would you be interested in learning about? Choose all that apply.

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* 8. Which of the following areas would you be most interested in learning about? Choose all that apply.

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* 9. If you answered "Yes" to Question 3, what are the challenges to rural health in your community in your opinion?

Please Note: Personal information shall not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual, or as required by law.

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