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Public Health Policies, Practices May Negatively Affect Marginalized Populations

From the 31 October 2013 Science Daily article

Despite the best intentions of those working in public health, some policies and practices inadvertently further disadvantage marginalized populations, according to a commentary by a researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital

Dr. Diego S. Silva, a scientist in the hospital’s Centre for Research on Inner City Health, said there’s an emphasis toward social justice in public health, particularly when it comes to people who are marginalized, disadvantaged or vulnerable.

“For example, despite evidence suggesting that people who are homeless are at greater risk of being infected with influenza and suffer greater morbidity than the general population, many pandemic influenza plans provide impracticable advice or otherwise fail to address their specific needs,” said Dr. Silva.

The commentary appears online today in the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

Read the entire article here

November 3, 2013 Posted by | Public Health | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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