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Social policy and health inequalities: An international perspective

QICSS International Conference
Date: May 7-9 2014
Complexe des sciences (UQÀM)
200, rue Sherbrooke ouest
Montréal, QC, Canada

In contrast with inequalities in health that stem from biological differences brought about by age or genetics, social inequalities in health are mutable and avoidable, as they are affected by public policies. In recognition of the importance of these social influences on population health and inequalities, the World Health Organization adopted in 2012 the resolution WHA62.14 endorsing the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health (SDH).
Through this resolution, member states recognize the existence of social determinants of health and pledge to implement actions outlined in the Rio declaration, among which to “monitor progress and increase accountability to inform policies on SDH”. The success of this monitoring depends notably on the availability and quality of population data and its careful analysis through designs or methods allowing for causal inference.
The primary objective of the 2014 QICSS International Conference Social policy and health inequalities: An international perspective is to showcase the leading edge of international research on the impact of social policies and programs on health inequalities. Abstract submissions are invited on research pertaining to high-income economies (as per the World Bank classification), and covering the full range of the causal pathway leading from the unequal distribution of resources to health inequalities. We understand social policy as encompassing the entire realm of deliberate political action that affects individuals’ access to goods and resources in a given society.

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As the Scientific director of the Quebec Population Health Research Network, I would like to invite you and your colleagues to join us at its 11th Annual General Assembly.

The General Assembly is a free event. Final date/time are to be confirmed at a later date.

We look forward to see you there.

Béatrice Godard


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