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A “Code Red” in Hamilton: The Polarization of Income and Health

In today’s edition of The Hamilton Spectator, a front-page article caught my eye. The article in question focuses on the idea that health outcomes have social determinants, and more specifically, that social polarization in the City of Hamilton is generating some very alarming clusters of poor health outcomes (and indeed mortality) across the city. The name “Code Red” comes from a 2010 Hamilton Spectator series that focussed on some alarming disparities across Hamilton in terms of health outcomes and, more specifically, how these outcomes seemed to correlate with socioeconomic status. The study found that poor health outcomes are markedly over-represented in Hamilton’s so-called “Code Red” neighbourhoods. These neighbourhoods are defined as the poorest census tracts that comprise Hamilton and most of these are located in the North end of the city, near the old industrial core.

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