You can create change

The Sudbury & District Health Unit is launching a new campaign entitled You Can Create Change. The campaign encourages people to take action to improve everyone’s opportunities for health. The campaign aims to educate about the important social and economic factors that influence health and to describe concrete actions that we can take – as individuals, within our workplaces and as a community – to promote health for all, regardless of social and economic circumstances.

“We don’t all have the same opportunities for health,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Sudbury & District Medical Officer of Health. “Some of these differences are more apparent than others. For instance, we may not know that some people have to choose between buying their prescription medications and other necessities such as food and rent, or that our neighbour, or the person whose locker is next to ours, is going hungry. Raising awareness about how these circumstances impact health, taking action, and encouraging everyone to have a voice is what this campaign is all about. Together we can create greater opportunities for the health of all,” said Dr. Sutcliffe.

The You Can Create Change campaign encourages people to act. The campaign asks people to think critically and then take action such as asking important questions, donating time, or volunteering in the community to help spark the changes needed to improve the conditions that cause poor health. The campaign reminds people that poverty is linked to poor health, and also that health improves at every step up the income and social ladder.

At the heart of this campaign is the commitment that no one should be at risk of poor health because of their social and economic situations.

“Public health has a key role in promoting and protecting the health of everyone in our communities. This work must be done in partnership as the most important determinants of health such as education, employment, housing, and food security, lie outside of the health care system,” says Dr. Sutcliffe. “The goal of this long-term public health campaign is to inform, empower, incite and inspire community members to work together and get involved at a local level to make change happen.”

The Health Unit has also launched an election primer, Public Health: You Can Create Change, for candidates and future elected officials. The primer provides political candidates with information about the contributions they can make to improve health, as elected leaders and in partnership with others such as local public health.

Details about the You Can Create Change campaign, including information on how people can take action, and the election primer, can be found online at: www.sdhu.com/change.

This item was last modified on October 13, 2015