Blog: Resource Development and Social Determinants of Health
Canada’s economy is closely tied to resource extraction and development. The paradox of wealth and health comes into play with consideration beyond biophysical exposures (e.g. changes to air quality, water quality, etc.). A growing body of evidence, however, indicates that the psychosocial impacts of resource extraction are just as serious and that their effects not spread uniformly across populations. In particular, the health of rural, remote and Indigenous communities is disproportionately adversely affected.
Melissa Aalhus from the Office of Health and Resource Development, BC Northern Health, writes an informative and first-hand account of the inequitable effects of resource development on Fort St. John, BC
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