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Promoting Health and Equity for Marginalised Populations

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For most people, contact with the health care system over their lifespan is inevitable. Yet for marginalized populations, experiences of stress and social exclusion, as consequences of systemic oppression and everyday discrimination, are specific threats to health and well being.   Stigma, social exclusion, suffering and health care neglect are the precursors to marginalized populations’ disproportionate representation among the mentally and physically ill and disabled.  Left unattended, these disabling experiences erode individuals’, families’, and group’s ability to be full participants in their lives or the lives of our communities. Research is required that places the experiences of suffering and exclusion front and centre – as the essential starting point for understanding how systems of oppression and health disparities operate, and for orienting what changes need to occur in communities and health care systems to promote equitable caring and health.

 

Research found in this knowledge Hub begins mapping this complex continuum between suffering/exclusion, and caring/health by investigating the following experiences in the lives of marginalized populations – women, LGBTQ persons, racial and ethnic minority populations, and people diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illnesses;

  • The social context of diagnosis of serious mental or physical illness;
  • Receiving and providing caregiving – both professional and informal care;
  • Access, equity and cultural competence in health care;
  • Stigma and the negotiation of post-diagnosis identities;
  • Health and human right consequences of discrimination and social exclusion.

People have the right to lead healthy, fulfilled, supported and connected lives. Promoting Health and Equity for Marginalised Populations asks challenging research questions about who is cared for, how stigma and exclusion impact health and social outcomes, and how the connections between communities and health care systems can be strengthened and changed to promote health equity for all people.