Funded by The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Since 2017, Dr. Charles Plante has been leading a team with the UPHN Research Group to advance the measurement of health inequalities in Canada’s cities using existing data. We call this project “Measuring Trends in Health Inequalities in Cities.” In 2023, CIHR provided the team with $100,000 in bridge funding to begin the development of the Canadian Social Determinants Urban Laboratory (CSDUL, pronounced \si-jil’ \).
In 2021, we released the report Urban Income-Related Health Inequalities in Canada: City-Level Results in Health System Use and Self-Reported Indicators, which has framed our work ever since. The report found that income-related health inequalities in Canada’s cities were prevalent for every indicator we examined, but they were also very different between cities. Additionally, health inequalities have not tended to improve since the early 2000s, although there were exceptions. Much of the team’s attention has now turned to assembling data and creating tools for unpacking what drives city-level differences in health inequalities.
The team is co-led by Dr. Plante and Dr. Cory Neudorf. It consists of many collaborators in academia, at Statistics Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, and several rotating knowledge users across the country. Drs. Plante and Neudorf supervise a team of students, helping them advance this work at the University of Saskatchewan. It includes three Ph.D. students, an M.Sc. student, and a medical student.
Over the past 12 months, some key highlights have been: