Life expectancy tied to income

Report confirms need for health equity approach

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Our City: A Peg Report on Health Equity

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Winnipeg Health Region
Published Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Poverty has a dramatic effect on life expectancy, with those earning the lowest wages living an average of 16 to 18 years less than the highest earners, according to a new report.

The “Our City: A Peg Report on Health Equity” report looks at the gap between groups in Winnipeg experiencing the highest and lowest health status, including 11 indicators of health tied to issues such as income and other social circumstances.

The report is published by the International Institute of Sustainable Development and United Way of Winnipeg, along with the Winnipeg Health Region.

 “Disadvantage profoundly limits opportunities to be healthy. This is about much more than individual health choices,” said Dr. Sande Harlos, Medical Officer of Health with the Winnipeg Health Region. The majority of the data is the same as what was presented in the 2014 Community Health Assessment published by the region.

The report highlights that addressing these gaps will require the involvement of business, government, non-profits, and other groups in Winnipeg, says Connie Walker, President and CEO of United Way Winnipeg.

“It is concerning to see such significant health inequity in our city – and in some cases, to see inequity growing. By working together, we can change this picture,” says Walker.

The findings are sobering, according to Scott Vaughan, President and CEO of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. “Peg clearly continues to be a crucial tool for Winnipeggers to understand some of the inequities that exist in our city,” he says.

Source: United Way of Winnipeg

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