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Poverty and Health Information for Physicians

Health is shaped by genetics and certain behaviours, but our health is also connected to our social and economic status. Learn about the connection between poverty and health in Halton Region.

Health is shaped by genetics and behaviours that include smoking, diet and physical activity. However, a person's social and economic status can also predict their health. Residents in the most socially and economically deprived areas within Halton Region:

  • Visit emergency departments more often
  • Are hospitalized more frequently
  • Have higher rates of premature death

Use the following tools and resources to help low income patients: