Social inequalities reinforce Manitobans' health gaps, report finds

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Social inequality reinforces health gaps among Manitobans, report finds

Brent Roussin, Manitoba's Chief Medical Officer of Health, outlined the report on Tuesday.

Manitoba's Chief Medical Officer of Health's report on the health of Manitobans, the first since the pandemic began, highlights “health inequities in the province and their effects on racialized people.

Indigenous people's life expectancy is 11 years below average, and the gap is growing, the report says.

Taking into account physical, mental, social , psychological and spiritual into defining health, Chief Medical Officer of Health Brent Roussin highlights the health gaps between different groups in Manitoba and the inequitable practices and conditions that have led to such gaps.


The health status of racialized and 2SLGBTQQIA people, for example, is negatively impacted by discrimination, racism, and historical trauma, says the report released Tuesday.

The report from Manitoba's Chief Medical Officer of Health

We know that people of color in Manitoba and people with low incomes have poorer health outcomes than other [sic] Manitobans , says Dr. Brent Roussin in the message presenting the report.

According to the document, life expectancy has increased for both men and women in all health regions. However, the life expectancy of members of indigenous communities has decreased.

In health regions, the gap between the shortest lived and the longest lived can be as high as 18 years, the report details.

< p class="e-p">As for people from low-income areas, both in urban and rural areas, the study finds that life expectancy continues to be shorter.

The report also indicates that there is a strong link between income and the premature mortality rate, that is, the rate corresponding to deaths before the age of 75.

De 2012 to 2016, in urban areas, people residing in low-income areas were 2.9 times more likely to die before age 75 than those in high-income areas. In rural areas, the difference is 2.2 times, the report says.

While the overall vaccination rate is 28.4%, between September 1, 2021 and March 12, 2022, the document indicates that 402,817 Manitobans received at least one dose of the flu shot.

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D&# x27;on the other hand, the report states that between May and December 2020, 54% of detected COVID-19 cases were among people claiming to be from a racialized community.

However, racialized communities represent only 36% of Manitoba's population.

In addition, between March 31 and June 7, 2021, the rate of hospitalizations attributed to COVID- 19 of racialized people in Manitoba was 3.5 times higher than that of white people.

As for ICU admissions related to COVID-19, the rate was 4.2 times higher among racialized people in Manitoba than among white Manitobans.

The report states that the average age of these racialized people was 10 years younger than that of white Manitobans.

To address these health inequities, Brent Roussin says: We must continue to measure and report on disparities, and strive to address their root causes.

Indeed, the report mentions that these disparities are not due to chance, nor to poor life choices.

The authors draw a direct link between colonialism in Canada and health inequalities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

< p class="e-p">To reduce these inequalities and improve the overall health of Manitobans, the study also recommends setting measurable and achievable goals to improve their health.

She also proposes to engage and work with community leaders and continue to support ir Aboriginal responses to health problems.

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