Population health explores health and health-care access inequalities between different groups of people and communities. The Rural Population Health pillar highlights the influence that living rurally can have on the health of rural residents. Within Pillar I, Rural Population Health, you can explore the following topics:
Social determinants of health – Social determinants of health describe the factors that have a significant influence on the health of people and populations such as the environment in which people live and work and individual characteristics like education, income, race, social status, and health behaviours. In this section, explore the most important social determinants of health for people living in rural areas.
Seniors’ health – As rural communities age, infrastructure and services need to adapt so seniors can stay active, healthy, and engaged in their communities. In this section, explore the specific challenges that living in a rural community presents for seniors, and strategies to help seniors age well in rural communities.
Indigenous health – Alberta is home to the third largest Indigenous population in Canada. It is critical to support the unique social determinants of health for Indigenous peoples by learning from our history of colonialism, implementing recommendations from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Report, and creating culturally safe health care.