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Welcome to the Gender and Poverty Module.

After completing this module you will be able to:

  • Explain how poverty effects health across the life cycle.

  • Identify barriers that exist for low income women and men, girls and boys to optimize their health, and describe strategies that may help overcome these barriers.

  • Describe an approach to individuals whose lives have been affected by poverty in light of your own experiences of poverty and affluence.

We will begin with an exploration of the concepts and language of the module and then we will proceed to an exploration of poverty across the life cycle.

At the end of the first section you will be able to:

  • Define health and identify the many factors that influence health.

  • Identify your thoughts about poverty.

  • Recognize the lack of an official poverty line in Canada and describe the concept of low income cut-offs.

  • Consider the complex interaction between poverty and health.

  • Describe the epidemiology of poverty in Canada.