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 following three publications 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 Interventions for Health –a clinical tool for primary care in Manitoba. It describes a three-step approach to address poverty: screen, adjust risk, and intervene. To identify patients whose health is threatened by inadequate income ask: "Do you ever have difficulty making ends meet at the end of the month?"
3. Child Poverty - a practical tool for primary care. What can we do as primary care providers to address poverty and improve child health?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
This project is supported by the Winnipeg Foundation