"The PATH/CDHIA video was filmed at the Coady International Institute in Antigonish,
- Laura Stymiest
There has been an increasing recognition that the social determinants of health must be considered as critically important in health policy and, in turn, in structuring healthcare services and programs. Historically, empowered and educated communities and civil society organizations that give “political expression to their needs” have driven major policy action on the social determinants (Irwin & Scali, 2010, 252). This submission explores how People Assessing Their Health (PATH) and Community Driven Health Impact Assessment (CDHIA) as a public policy initiative provides an innovative way to teach, empower and work with communities to change perceptions, practices and outcomes of healthcare. PATH/CDHIA can assist policy makers in developing healthcare policies and programs that are locally relevant, supportive of the social determinants of health, and fully representative of the needs of all community members.
Key Words: Social Determinants of Health, Health Promotion, Innovative Practices