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The social determinants of health

A submission from the Partners Against Violence Committee
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Moose Jaw’s Partners against Violence Committee brings together a number of local service agencies, as well as local RCMP and Moose Jaw Police to work towards building a safer community for all.

The Social Determinants of Health

Did you know 75 per cent of the factors that keep us healthy are outside of the health care system? [1] 

These factors are known as the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) and are defined by the World Health Organization as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. [2] Examples of these factors include income, education, employment status, our physical environments, the quality of our experiences when we are children, social supports and coping skills, healthy behaviours, gender, culture and race. [3]

One method to address the social determinants of health is a collaborative committee approach that may include government, non-government and community based organizations. An example of this type of committee is the Partners Against Violence (PAV) Moose Jaw and District committee. The mission statement of PAV is to decrease the incidence of violence in schools, families and in the Moose Jaw South Central region. 

If you are interested in learning more about the SDoH, visit the Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts website at

[1] Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health. (2019). Communicating the Social Determinants of Health: Guidelines for Common Messaging. Retrieved on December 19, 2019 from
[2] World Health Organization. (2019). Social Determinants of Health. Retrieved on December 19, 2019 from
[3] Mikkonen, J., & Raphael, D. (2010), Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts. Retrieved on December 19, 2019 from

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