A Seed Will Grow In Proper Soil: Education and Health Literacy as the Starting Points for Structural Reformation Through the Addressing of the Social Determinants of Health within Canada
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The purpose of this paper is to show that due to the lasting effects it has on health, well-being, critical thinking skills, and political advocacy, the structure of education in general and a focus on health literacy in particular should be a fundamental starting point when attempting to improve and promote the health of Canadians. Of special attention should be understanding the pathways by which public policy and the social determinants of health shape health and well-being. Possessing an adequate level of education and possessing critical health literacy are important determinants of health which improve other social determinants throughout the life course. To properly address the health problems we now face in Canada, we must acknowledge the effects of the social determinants of health and public policy, as well as promote education and political activism on these factors. Improvements in education and critical health literacy can create a better environment for emancipatory ideas and strategies to promote health and alter the structure of society. Exposing the public to such concepts will help gain social and political support for the structural changes that are needed in Canada to address these complex and lasting problems in society now and in the future.