Lifestyle factors play an important role in influencing the health of Canadians. Our lifestyle choices include such things as what we eat, what and how we learn, and where and when we play. Many of these choices depend on factors such as income level, education and housing, to name a few.
Our Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) looks at these and other factors through a population health lens. This helps us understand the health and well-being of population groups, as well as inequalities among and within groups. Decision-makers and health system planners use population health information to develop programs and policies that improve the health care system.
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Information on the influence of lifestyle factors on health
- Obesity in Canada (Jun. 2011)
- Recognizing and Exploring Positive Mental Health—Policy Dialogue: Synthesis and Analysis (Jan. 2011)
- Hospitalization Disparities by Socio-Economic Status for Males and Females (Oct. 2010)
- Exploring Urban Environments and Inequalities in Health (Jul. 2010)
- Canadian Population Health Initiative Publication Listing (2012) (PDF, 250 KB)
- Canadian Population Health Initiative Publication Listing (2013) (PDF, 250KB)
- Canadian Population Health Initiative Education Listing (2012) (PDF, 267KB)
- CPHI Funded Research Listings 1999-2007 (PDF, 316KB)
- Population Health, In Brief (biweekly news digest from CIHI)
Canadian Journal of Public Health
- Contemporary Use of Area-Based Socio-Economic Measures (Sep./Oct. 2012)
- Taking a Social Determinants Perspective on Children’s Health and Development (Nov./Dec. 2010)
- Place and Health Research in Canada (Jul./Aug. 2007)
Tools and resources for measuring health disparities
- Canadian Marginalization Index (CAN-Marg)
- Deprivation in Canadian Cities: An Analytical Tool
- Exploring Urban Environments and Inequalities in Health