The Health Advocate

Publisher:  Public Health Advocacy Unit. Department of Public Health, Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1980  
Pages:  2pp  
Inactive Serial

Resource Type:  Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number:  CX2085

Abstract:  The Health Advocate is the newsletter of the Public Health Advocacy Unit in Toronto. this first issue outlines the history and concerns of the Advocacy Unit. The newsletter describes the mandate of the Unit as being that of supporting the work of the Department of Health of the City of Toronto, and advocating issues which "may transcend the traditional boundaries of public health".

The aims of the Advocacy Unit reflect the aims of the present public health movement, which the newsletter describes as having an emphasis on preventive medicine. This emphasis goes beyond the present "curative" health care orientation. "In reaction to the dominant model, which stresses curative intervention, increasing specialization and high technology, the new movement rests on a community-based health promotion and diseases prevention approach rooted in the principles of ecological sanity and social justice."

The Advocate reports that the Unit has already begun work on preventive medicine in such places as the delivery room and the work place, and in such areas as advertising in which unhealthy practices are sometimes promoted as socially positive.

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