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Q. How long has the CCSDH been around and why was it developed?

This group was initially developed in 2005 to support Canada’s representative to the World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on the Social Determinants of Health as an ongoing mechanism for consultations, advice and support from multiple stakeholders. To ensure credible, independent advice, the Public Health Agency of Canada created the Canadian Reference Group (CRG) on Social Determinants of Health (as the CCSDH was then known). The objective of the CRG was to inform Canada’s contribution to the WHO Commission, and integrate lessons learned from the Commission into Canadian policy and domestic and global action.

The CRG evolved into the CCSDH as Canada and other United Nations Member States endorsed the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health (Rio Declaration), which calls for better governance for health and development, with transparent decision-making and social participation.  The CCSDH now provides the Public Health Agency of Canada with advice to support its role as the Government of Canada lead on the implementation of the Rio Declaration.

To read more on the background of the CCSDH, click here.