2011 Equality Report Card Excerpt: Women’s Health

Category Goals: We expect government to sustain a strong system for acute care, but to relieve future burdens on the acute care system by continuing to take steps that recognize whole-body holistic health and that address social determinants of health such as gender, income, language, and culture. We encourage government to demonstrate a commitment to wellness and prevention in health.

Focus Group Highlights: Participants in a focus group saw a strong connection between trauma, especially in childhood, and some mental health conditions. They identified the need for children’s safety, for supports for adults to deal with grief and anger, and for supports for good parenting as very important to them.

They put highest priority on youth safety and, to them, this included preventing addictions, through programs, services, and opportunities for young people. Focus group participants felt that addictions rehabilitation services for all ages were needed in more com- munities across PEI.

Conclusions: The Advisory Council on the Status of Women continues to call for more support for preventive health care, holistic approaches to health, and population health approaches based on social determinants of health. Department of Health reports taking gender into consideration “where warranted.” The Advisory Council unequivocally states that gender factors warrant specific attention in mental health services and addiction services. A gender analysis in these areas must truly take into consideration the social pressures and inequities created by women’s and men’s gender roles and life experiences. Acting on this analysis will have benefits for women and men, youth and adults who are dealing with mental health and addictions issues.


This is an excerpt from the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women 2011 Equality Report Card for PEI, released in June 2011 and based on information updated to May 30, 2011. The Advisory Council is republishing one area of assessment each week on this blog. For more information, visit the Advisory Council on the Status of Women website.

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