New plan for health status reports

The StarPhoenix, March 27, 2014 - The Saskatoon Health Region is giving the city and surrounding areas more regular checkups with smaller but more frequent health status reports.

"In the past, we would collect all the data and update it once into a large hard copy report. We're now trying to make this information available on an ongoing basis," said Dr. Cory Neudorf, the health region's chief medical officer.

The first report focuses on demographics - "the conditions that support health" such as housing prices, education, and income, Neudorf said.

"It looks at how all of these determinants of health work together," Neudorf said Wednesday. "Housing costs have really skyrocketed since our last health status report (in 2008) and have a made a big difference for people on fixed income or with a low income in terms of affordability. So are the things that are making it more difficult for people to make healthy choices."

All the reports - at least four will be released this year - includes analysis about health and social trends in the health region, he added.

"The first real observation of this report is the need to try and do things in the health system and also intersectorally, so we don't leave certain subgroups of the population behind," Neudorf said. The health region suggests the reports could help communitybased organizations or individuals working on health and social issues.

The reports can be read at www.communityview.ca

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