For over a century, evidence has accumulated that demonstrates the dramatic negative effect of poverty and social disadvantage on health and health equity. However, compared with the wealth of information on the social determinants of health, our understanding of how policies and interventions can be used to improve population health is limited. By analyzing the effects of national and sub-national policies, MACHEquity informs evidence-based responses to questions about how policy can be used to improve health and reduce persistent health inequalities between and within countries.
“MACHEquity informs evidence-based responses to questions about how policy can be used to improve health and reduce persistent inequalities between and within countries”
Supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR/IRS), MACHEquity brings together an international group of researchers to work with unprecedented data on social policies and household-level survey data. The program makes datasets available to co-investigators and collaborators to facilitate empirical research and provides mentorship and training to a new generation of investigators. Committed to making a lasting difference on the ground, MACHEquity promotes interactions between researchers, policy-makers and other stakeholders invested in translating findings into practice.