Expert Alert – Poverty And Health: A Poor Diet

by NationTalk on September 29, 20091065 Views

Canadian Institutes of Health Research experts discuss the impact of poverty on health (September 29)

OTTAWA, – Sept. 29 – At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day and 25,000 children die each day due to poverty, according to the World Bank and UNICEF. In Canada, more than 12 per cent of the working age population lives in poverty, and $63,600 is the median income for families with two or more people, states a new Conference Board of Canada report. People who live in poverty are often unable to meet basic housing, food and security needs, and they have a greater risk of health problems than people who do not live in poverty.CIHR-funded researchers are available to discuss how poverty affects health and potential strategies for improving the quality of life.

Tackling chronic diseases to improve the health of the poor: a world priority
Dr. Nancy Edwards, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health (Ottawa)
Dr. Peter Liu, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (Toronto)

Can mental illness cause homelessness? Studying the link between mental health and poverty
Dr. Rémi Quirion, CIHR-funded researcher from the Douglas Research Centre (Montreal)
Dr. Janet Isabel Richardson, CIHR-funded researcher from London Health Sciences Centre Res. Inc. (London, ON)

Eradicating extreme poverty: health, nutrition and education interventions
Dr. Philip Sherman, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (Toronto)
M. Theresa W. Gyorkos, CIHR-funded researcher from McGill University (Montreal)

Decreasing HIV risks among vulnerable populations
Dr. Liviana Calzavara, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of Toronto (Toronto)
Dr. Alix Adrien, CIHR-funded researcher from Université de Montréal (Montreal)

The effects of prolonged poverty and depression in mothers
Dr. Louise Séguin, CIHR-funded researcher from Université de Montréal (Montreal)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s agency for health research. CIHR’s mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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For further information: To schedule an interview, please contact: David Coulombe, CIHR Media Specialist, Office: (613) 941-4563, Cellphone: (613) 808-7526, Fax: (613) 954-6653, E-mail: mediarelations[at]

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