Health Inc: Corporations, Capitalism, and the commercial determinants of health seminar series is co-hosted by the Centre for Global Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto.
Overview: Intertwined with colonialism and dispossession, Indigenous communities are disproportionately impacted by the commercial determinants of health. Poor access to healthy foods, environmental degradation, inadequate access to healthcare, and targeted marketing are all likely to be greater felt by Indigenous individuals and communities. The activities of the tobacco, food and beverage, the infant formula industry, pharmaceutical, alcohol and gambling industries continue to play significant roles in shaping Indigenous health outcomes.
Dr. Amy Shawanda and Daniel Eisenkraft Klein recently wrote a paper on the topic, and are currently recording a podcast series on how commercial interests negatively impact Indigenous health, funded by Defining Moments Canada. They will provide a broad overview of how the CDOH impact Indigenous communities, with case studies of how these intertwine with broader political and structural forces.