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Exploring older Pacific peoples health from a soical determinants perspective

6 months
Approved budget:
Dr Ieti Lima
Health issue:
Other (generic health or health services)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Development Grant
Lay summary
A number of research has identified a wide range of social factors (determinants) linked to inequalities in health status (Commission on Social Determinants of Health, 2008; Baum, 2008; Marmot, 2005). Past research also note that the primary causes of health inequalities in New Zealand are likely to be as a result of uneven distribution of, and access to, income, education, employment, healthcare and housing. Good quality housing can also act as a protection against other socio-economic stress factors, such as low income, lack of wealth and unemployment (Howden-Chapman et al., 2005). Social determinants of health has been promoted as a approach which resonates with improving health and wellbeing which encompasses strands of both public health and health promotion when addressing health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups, (Tu'itahi, personal communications). The landmark WHO report Closing the Gaps in a Generation: Health Equity through Action on the Social Determinants of Health (2008) highlight the significance of addressing social determinants of health and wellbeing, with the aim of achieving ""health equity for all to improve the lives of world's citizens"" (Commission of Social Determinants of Health (2008). The development grant will be used enable the researcher to consult with four Samoan church congregations and their pastor to discuss social determinants of health as an approach to addressing inequities of health