Income is a powerful determinant of health and educational opportunities, and poverty must be addressed like other major health risks. A coalition of Manitoba healthcare providers, researchers, community agencies, and non-profit agencies worked with colleagues in Toronto to develop tools to address this risk. These tools include booklets that can be used by health care providers and the general public to help people access additional income for which they are eligible.
Get Your Benefits booklets, pamphlets, and one-page summaries are available here; just click on them below. In addition, health and social services organizations may order hard copies of the Get Your Benefits booklet and the Child Poverty pamphlet from Manitoba Health Seniors, and Active Living.
1. Get Your Benefits – a plain language 20-page booklet designed specifically for Manitobans. It lists many federal, provincial and regional benefits and programs individuals may be eligible for, including prenatal benefits, disability benefits, Child Tax benefits, Old Age Security and more.
2. Poverty: A Clinical Tool for Primary Care Providers – was launched by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), eight of its provincial Chapters, and the territories, in collaboration with the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) to help family physicians identify patients who may suffer health issues as a result of living in poverty. The first and most important step is to identify those who live in poverty by screening all patients using a key question identified as a good predictor of poverty.
One-page summaries are also available:
• For all - It's a Fact: Better income can lead to better health, education and well-being. Be part of the solution!
• For health care providers - Should we treat poverty like any equivalent health condition? Of course.
We want to hear about your experiences with using these resources; for instance, who has looked at the booklets, do some sections of the booklets work better than others? We welcome your suggestions to ensure the materials are both useful and effectively distributed. Feedback can be sent to the coordinator at email@example.com in the Department of Community Health Sciences.
Additional background information
• A Guide to Community Engagement Frameworks for Action on the Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity from The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health.