• New publication from the Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health!
Feb 22, 2018

The Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health has released a new report entitled “The Health and Social Dimensions of Adult Skills in Canada” that explores the ways in which literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills are connected with health and well-being. This report is a product of the collaboration between the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Council of Ministers of Education Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, and a broad range of other federal and provincial/territorial partners.  

 

The Health and Social Dimensions of Adult Skills in Canada helps to build the evidence base on ways in which non-health policies and programs – like skills training – can influence health and well-being.  Evidence like this is critical to engage partners on cross-sector initiatives to address social determinants of health.  Key findings in the report include:

 

  • Adults with high levels of literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills typically report better health, and connection to their communities and society.  This finding holds across most groups, including Indigenous peoples.
  • Skills may help to level the playing field across certain population groups.  For example, gaps in health and social outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people almost disappear among those with the highest levels of literacy and numeracy skills.  
  • Skills are more than a corollary to education.  Canadians who have not completed high school report better health when their skills are strong, as do Canadians who have pursued higher education.

     

The Health and Social Dimensions of Adult Skills in Canada is based on Canadian data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).  All reports in the PIAAC in Canada series can be accessed at www.piaac.ca.  A report specifically addressing the skills of Indigenous peoples also is forthcoming.