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New Resource--The Global City: Newcomer Health in Toronto

Please check out The Global City: Newcomer Health in Toronto - a newly released report resulting from a collaboration between Toronto Public Health and Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services.
 
The report covers the socio-demographics of newcomers to Toronto, health status, access to health care, social determinants of health, and information gaps. This is the first comprehensive report on newcomer health in Toronto, with content coming from reviews of published and community literature, focus groups with newcomers and service providers, and original analysis of data. The research was a combined effort of staff at TPH and Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, as well as other local researchers.
 
Below are some of the key themes outlined in the report:

  • Most newcomers arrive in good health
  • Overall, newcomers lose their health advantage and their health declines over time
  • Newcomers have diverse health needs
  • Settlement is a health issue
  • Social and economic exclusion have a major impact on the health of newcomers
  • Newcomers experience multiple barriers to accessing necessary services
  • Newcomers' health knowledge and positive behaviours should be acknowledged and promoted
  • Research on immigrant and refugee health in Canada yields vital data

The report can be found online at http://www.toronto.ca/health/map/newcomer.htm.