Rural Voice Information Panel #13 - Open Survey
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
- Health-care services
- Food insecurity
- Social exclusion
- Indigenous ancestry
- Social safety net
- Early child development
- Income and income distribution
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.
 Source: Raphael, D. (Ed.) (2016). Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives, 3rd edition. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.