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Current Discourses and Implications for Public Health Action

In this important article, Raphael argues that because the health effects of economic inequality and poverty negatively affect health, new partnerships must be developed between the various sectors concerned with economic inequality. He points out that social justice organizations and public health professionals in government and universities are working independently of one another in closely related areas, and that action on the agenda dealing with economic inequality, poverty and health requires much closer communication and cooperation. Integral to his argument is his insistence that economic inequality within a society is a determinant of health and that those working in health promotion will benefit from the research publications of social justice organizations such as the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Centre for Social Justice.