Journal Article

Reaching for environmental health justice: Canadian experiences for a comprehensive research, policy and advocacy agenda in health promotion

Jeffrey R. Masuda, Blake Poland and Jamie Baxter

in Health Promotion International

Volume 25, issue 4, pages 453-463
Published in print December 2010 | ISSN: 0957-4824
Published online July 2010 | e-ISSN: 1460-2245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daq041
Reaching for environmental health justice: Canadian experiences for a comprehensive research, policy and advocacy agenda in health promotion

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Spatial disparities in environmental quality and practices are contributing to rising health inequalities worldwide. To date, the field of health promotion has not contributed as significantly as it might to a systematic analysis of the physical environment as a determinant of health nor to a critique of inequitable environmental governance practices responsible for social injustice—particularly in the Canadian context. In this paper, we explore ways in which health promotion and environmental justice perspectives can be combined into an integrated movement for environmental health justice in health promotion. Drawing on Canadian experiences, we describe the historical contributions and limitations of each perspective in research, policy and particularly professional practice. We then demonstrate how recent environmental justice research in Canada is moving toward a deeper and multi-level analysis of environmental health inequalities, a development that we believe can inform a comprehensive research, policy and advocacy agenda in health promotion toward environmental health justice as a fundamental determinant of health. Lastly, we propose four key considerations for health promotion professionals to consider in advancing this movement.

Keywords: environmental justice; Canada; environmental health promotion

Journal Article.  6151 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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