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UNBF Conference to Examine the Determinants of Health in Atlantic Canada

The health status of Atlantic Canadians and the factors that determine that status will be examined at a conference on Friday, June 6, at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

The Determinants of Health: An Atlantic Perspective, organized by the UNB Centre for Policy Studies, will be held at the Wu Conference Centre from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

UNBF economics professor Dr. Yu will start the conference by giving an overview of population health determinants. Several researchers from the Atlantic region will share their research findings. Among the topics to be presented are workplace and health, child health in the Maritimes, the connection between outdoor air quality and hospital admissions for acute respiratory distress, social explanations for women's depression and the social determinants of health promotion in single-parent families after the parent leaves an abusive partner.

Two books will be launched at the conference. The first, Situating Sadness: Women and Depression in Social Context, is co-edited by UNBF psychology professor Janet Stoppard and psychology professor LindaM cMullen from the University of Saskatchewan. The second book is health Care in Canada: Demographic and Fiscal Issues, co-edited by Dr. Yu and Dr. Ruggeri, director of the UNB Centre for Policy Studies.

For more information on the conference, contact Dr. Yu at (506) 447-3211 or To register, contact the Centre for Policy Studies at (506) 447-3320.