"A society where everyone belongs creates both the feeling and the reality of belonging and helps each of us reach our full potential.

The feeling of belonging comes through caring, cooperation, and trust.

The reality of belonging comes through equity and fairness, social and economic justice, and cultural as well as spiritual respect"

Source: Count Me In!   A New Health Promotion Strategy, 2004

What is inclusion?

The need for social and economic inclusion is a common theme that runs through all of the social determinants of health. Inclusion is a sense of belonging – to our families, our places of work, and our cultural and community groups– that helps us feel connected to society as a whole and engaged in our lives and the lives of those around us.

Creating a strong sense of inclusion can address the ways in which different groups and communities face exclusion and marginalization in our society, which leads to poorer health outcomes. This is particularly true for those who live on low incomes.

Where can you go for more information?

Health Nexus resources

  • Count Me In! Tools for an Inclusive Ontario
    A collaborative project that highlights the relationship between inclusion and health. The site helps community leaders  to build more inclusive organizations, schools, and communities

Count Me In! community poster

Count Me In! How inclusion can help reduce health disparities and work for system change, by Subha Sankaran. Presentation at 19th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education, June 10-15, 2007. Abstract (PDF, 76kB)

Literature review: Count Us In! Inclusion and Homeless Women in Downtown East Toronto. 2006. (PDF, 304kB)


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