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New Resource--Are We Doing Enough? A Status Report on Canadian Public Policy and Child and Youth Health

To encourage policy-makers to examine their own progress on child and youth issues and to foster discussion among Canadians, the Canadian Paediatric Society produces a biennial status report on public policy affecting children and youth.

This report examines how effectively Canada’s provinces, territories and the federal government are using their legislative powers to promote the health and safety of children and youth.

The 2009 edition was released December 8 and adds a new indicator to its list of health measures: child and youth poverty. The addition of poverty to the report underscores how child and youth health is affected by social determinants such as income and housing. Public policy that supports and enhances the health of Canada’s youngest citizens must include measures to eliminate child poverty.

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