Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Canadian Scholars’ Press
450 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
November 2012
Print ISBN: 9781551304120
eBook ISBN: 9781551305271
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Tackling Health Inequalities: Lessons from International Experiences provides a unique perspective on health inequalities in Canada and elsewhere. This exciting new volume brings together experiences from seven wealthy developed nations — the United States, Australia, Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Finland, Norway, and Sweden — to analyze their contrasting approaches to reducing avoidable health problems. Some nations are successfully responding to health inequalities, but Canada and the United States are not among them. Why is this, and what can we learn from other nations?

Through a political economy lens, Tackling Health Inequalities considers how societal structures and institutions shape the distribution of economic, political, and social resources that affect health disparities amongst the population. The volume then goes on to examine how governing authorities come to either confront or ignore these health inequalities and the conditions that create them. Through these illustrations, it encourages governing authorities that are tackling health inequalities to continue their efforts and directs those that are not — such as in Canada and elsewhere — towards what must be done.

This groundbreaking text shows the primary lessons from these international experiences: that citizens in Canada and elsewhere need to educate themselves about the importance of tackling health inequalities, and then build the political and social movements that will compel governmental authorities to take action. This volume will serve as a rich resource for professionals and general readers interested in health studies, nursing, social work, public policy, and political economy.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, Alex Scott-Samuel
Chapter 1: The Importance of Tackling Health Inequalities, Dennis Raphael
Chapter 2: American Experiences, Stephen Bezruchka
Chapter 3: Australian Experiences, Fran Baum, Matt Fisher, and Angela Lawless
Chapter 4: British and Northern Irish Experiences, Katherine E. Smith and Clare Bambra
Chapter 5: Canadian Experiences, Dennis Raphael
Chapter 6: Finnish Experiences, Juha Mikkonen
Chapter 7: Norwegian Experiences, Elisabeth Fosse
Chapter 8: Swedish Experiences, Mona C. Backhans and Bo Burstrom
Chapter 9: An Analysis of International Experiences in Tackling Health Inequalities, Dennis Raphael
Chatper 10: Moving Forward: Applying the Lessons from International Experiences, Toba Bryant
Appendix A: A Checklist for Whole-of-Government or Intersectoral Approach
Glossary of Terms
Contributor Biographies

Dennis Raphael

Dennis Raphael is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at York University, whose areas of interest include topics in public policy, poverty, and social determinants of health.

Social Determinants of Health, 2nd Edition, Health Promotion and Quality of Life in Canada, Poverty in Canada, 2nd Edition, Social Determinants of Health, Third Edition, Staying Alive, Second Edition, Tackling Health Inequalities, Immigration, Public Policy, and Health, Staying Alive, Third Edition


"For Canada, this book will be an ideal text, and it will be a very good text for comparative health systems courses in other countries as well... Many courses tackling the issue of the political economy of health and health inequalities could make use of such a volume."
Dr. Carlos Quiñonez, University of Toronto

"As a public health nurse, attempting to reduce health disparities among groups within a community or population is challenging, as health is influenced by a multitude of factors. This resource is a great starting point for health care professionals who have ever questioned where to begin when tasked with addressing health inequalities."
Beverly Kim Bacani, RN, BScN

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