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Racialization and health inequities in Toronto (2013)

Research has shown that racialized groups have poorer health than non-racialized groups. Studies have also shown a link between experiencing racial discrimination and having poor mental and physical health.

In Canada, the research on these issues is limited. In Toronto, about half of the population self-identified as belonging to a racialized group in a 2006 study. This level of ethnic and racial diversity makes it especially important to understand the links between racialization and health in this city.

Researchers at Toronto Public Health conducted a study to provide a picture of the population of Toronto and to look at the impact of racialization on health inequalities. They also tried to identify gaps in research and data on this subject. The report separates the effect of racialized group and racial discrimination from immigrant status and income using local as well as national and international research. It includes Toronto Public Health’s analyses of Toronto-level data from the 2006 long-form Census, the Canadian Community Health Survey, and the Neighbourhood Effects on Health and Well-Being study.

EENet has developed a Research Report Round-up of the report, “Racialization and Health Inequities in Toronto.” To read it download it below.

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Categories: Health Equity , Mental Health , Minority Populations , Newcomer Populations , Population Health , Social Determinants of Health , Stigma / Discrimination