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“Social inequalities in health are again the focus of our annual report. Our intention is clear: to measure the progress made and identify the best ways to reduce these inequalities. This framework is fitting since the fight against social inequalities in health and the prevention of chronic diseases—themes that are closely linked in many respects—are the two priorities set out in the regional public health plan defined for the next five years.
To put it briefly, “keeping our community healthy” is the maxim that underlies all our activities and interventions. In this area, the public health department has many accomplishments. All sectors are active in vaccination, prevention, information and
awareness raising, surveillance and screening. Their goal is to improve the health of
all Montrealers in collaboration with the health and social services centres.
However, not everything in health is about care and prevention. Social inequalities in
health result from socioeconomic disparities among individuals and neighbourhoods,
in terms of their environments. For this reason, reducing inequalities requires the
participation of many sectors of society. To reach this goal, concrete actions must be
taken, starting with those most likely to reduce, or even eliminate, poverty and to
support childhood development from the very beginning.”