Economic forces have profound impacts on the health of families and communities. Today, one in nine children is growing up in poverty, the average household debt equals 151% of disposable income, and 60% of Canadians would be in financial trouble if their paycheques were delayed by even one week. These financial stresses are manifested in a variety of ways, including higher likelihood of cardiovascular disease, obesity, child mental health difficulties, depression and a host of other problems. The stress of income insecurity is amplified in vulnerable families, such as those living with chronic illness or disabilities, families with senior members in need of care, and Aboriginal and immigrant families. FEH graduates are prepared to develop and evaluate programming for the diverse organizations that are increasingly engaged in supporting families under economic stress.
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