Social prescribing: A holistic approach to improving the health and well-being of Canadians
Author: Bridgeable Research and Design
Topic: Financial well-being, Health, Lived experience, Racial equity, Research and evaluation
Publisher: Bridgeable Research and Design
Location: Canada
Format: Report
Content Type: Miscellaneous
Publication Date: June 28, 2022

Social prescribing is a means of connecting people to a range of community services and activities to improve their health and well-being. These services vary based on each person’s needs and interests, and can include food subsidies, transportation, fitness classes, arts and culture engagement, educational classes, peer-run social groups, employment or debt counseling, and more. Social prescribing is a holistic approach to healthcare that looks to address the social determinants of health, which are the non-medical factors that play a role in an individual’s overall health. These factors may include socioeconomic status, social inclusion, housing, and education.

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