A new Peg report shows poverty triples the chances of dying in Winnipeg before 75, while the life-expectancy gap between highest and lowest incomes is almost 20 years.
It shines a light on 11 indicators that show gaps in health based upon income and other social circumstance existing in 12 Winnipeg community areas and 25 neighbourhood clusters. In the lowest income cluster area in Point Douglas the life-expectancy gaps for men and women are 18 and 19 years respectively in comparison to higher-income areas.
“Disadvantage profoundly limits opportunities to be healthy. This is about much more than individual health choices,” said Dr. Sande Harlos, Medical Officer of Health with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, in a news release.
The report, echoing the experiences of those working in health and social services, highlights that addressing these gaps will require the involvement of all aspects of our community – including business, government, non-profits, and other groups.
“It is concerning to see such significant health inequity in our city – and in some cases, to see inequity growing. By working together, we can change this picture”, said Connie Walker, President and CEO of United Way Winnipeg.
“Peg clearly continues to be a crucial tool for Winnipeggers to understand some of the inequities that exist in our city,” said Scott Vaughan, President and CEO of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. “These sobering findings are an urgent call for collaborative action.”
The report, Our City: A Peg Report on Health Equity, was developed in partnership with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
Peg, an accessible and interactive community indicator system that measures the health of our communities year after year, can be found online at mypeg.ca.