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Addressing Poverty as a Social Determinant of Health

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Superior Room, 900 Bay Street, 2nd Floor and Teleconference and ALI

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URL: https://ali.health.gov.on.ca/r972u3zg1ls/

Conference Number(s): 1 866-633-0848, 416-212-8012

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Income is a key social determinant of health. Dr. Andrew Pinto, founder and director of The Upstream Lab, and his team co-developed an online tool with Prosper Canada identifying financial benefits patients are entitled to receive. At three clinics in Ontario and four in Manitoba, 161 patients received a list of financial benefits. The team contacted 58 patients at one month. Thirty-nine (67%) reported they had received new information on government benefits and tax credits and 10 (17%) had applied to and received at least one new benefit. An advisory group made up of people with lived experience supported this study.

A future study will connect routine socio-demographic data collection to this type of intervention and examine impact on health outcomes.

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