Housing is an important determinant of child and youth health. International research has demonstrated there is a strong relationship between poor housing conditions and negative health outcomes for children and youth. In particular, five aspects of housing have been shown to impact the immediate and long-term physical, mental, and social health of children and youth - physical quality of housing, crowding, affordability; place and stability.
Paediatric health care providers and institutions must consider housing and its related impact on child and youth health in the delivery of health care. As health leaders, they have a responsibility to educate and raise awareness of these issues, and to work together to address housing issues in order to optimize both health care delivery and the overall health and wellbeing of child and youth across Canada.
Health care professionals and organizations are urged to consider endorsing the Canadian Child and Youth Health and Housing Action Statement as well as promote national and local dialogues to better inform practice, policy and decision-making.
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