Adequate shelter, access to nutritious food, and a minimum wage that is consistent with (or above) the cost of living can significantly impact a person’s health. A lack of any – or all – can lead to serious health consequences.
Nurses see the effects of poverty on their clients on a daily basis. That’s because health and poverty are inextricably linked. In fact, poverty has been linked to diabetes, hypertension and even premature death. This is why RNAO has centred a great deal of its advocacy work on helping Ontarians to live their lives uninhibited by the debilitating effects of poverty.To learn more about the association's advocacy work on this issue, check out the following links: