Voluntary Social Service Organizations Working On The Determinants Of Health: Cause For Concern?

Introduction Most of what influences our health comes from outside the formal health care treatment system (Raphael, 2009; Wilkinson & Marmot, 2003). There is also general recognition that the well-being of communities depends on numerous actors– especially nonprofit organizations—operating in many environments (Health Council of Canada, 2010). Unfortunately, there are significant health inequities that persist…

Viewpoint: The Debate on Universality: A Missed Opportunity

Viewpoint expresses the particular view of contributors and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Philanthropist. Readers are invited to respond to articles in this section. If appropriate their views will be published. This article was developed from a presentation made by Mr. Castonguay to La Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Quebec Metropolitain…

Health Services Research: New Directions

  JOHNHOEY Chief, Department of Community Health, Montreal General Hospital and Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Medicine, McGill University SUZANNE COUET Senior Research Associate, Centre de Coordination des Ressources de Sante, Department of Community Health, Montreal General Hospital Health Services Research: A Framework “The field of health services research is concerned with the application of bier…

Evaluating Health Promotion Programs

For many years now, the dominant approach to health care has been to see disease as being caused by a specific agent and to believe that medical intervention such as immunization, antibiotics or surgery will rectify the problem. This approach has been successful in many ways, especially in the area of infectious diseases, but it…

From the Editor

The editor, Lynn Bevan of the Ontario Bar, is absent on an extended trip through Australia and southeast Asia. Before her departure she reviewed and approved the content of this issue of The Philantropist but her knowledge of the law and rigorous editorial oversight have been much missed during the final stages of publication. We…

The Need for Private Funding of Ontario’s Hospitals

With increasing government participation in hospital and health-care financing in Canada, many people have come to believe that public hospitals are owned and operated by government. This general misconception has had a serious side-effect in that people have also come to believe that the hospital is no longer in need of private funds from donations…

Health Studies And Charitable Foundations

I should explain right at the beginning that my professional experience as an agency executive has been almost exclusively in the mental health field. I hesitate therefore to comment on other fields because the health field is becoming increasingly specialized. But the mental health field, I suggest, is unique in this respect: it is one…