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“The health care community is showing a significant and growing interest in the social determinants of health” (Morrison, 2017, p. 2) which are social, environmental, economic, and personal factors aside from medical care that impact your health and well-being. Important elements that affect the health of Canadians are said not to be the medical treatments that are administered but rather the manner in which they live (Mikkonen and Raphael, 2010). “These conditions have come to be known as the social determinants of health” (Mikkonen and Raphael, 2010, p. 7). Many health care plans in the past used to be focused on treating the disease after it had occurred rather than trying to prevent it from developing in the first place. Contrary to this, health care personnels in today’s society, are revelating towards implementing good health practices and living standards to try and prevent illness from arising. Notably, individuals who possess financial stability, good standing social status, and have experienced healthy child development while growing up are often at lower risk or less susceptible to health problems. In short, throughout this essay, the impacts in which income and social status, as well as healthy child development have on the health and well being of an individual will be discussed and analyzed.Income and Social Status Income and social status is possibly the most significant determinant of health as it affects all others. Mikkonen & Raphael (2010) found that “in Canada, income determines the quality of…food security, housing, and other basic prerequisites of health” (p. 12). Income can be described as the money that is received from working or investing, and social status is defined as an individual’s standing in relation to others within a community. Low earnings and social rank can be very detrimental to health as it can directly affect individuals levels of stress which then predisposes them to chronic health problems such as diabetes or asthma. Housing insecurity is another trouble linked to insufficient income which can determine individuals living conditions. Clearly, people who live on the streets are more vulnerable to diseases and violence. Additionally, this determinant of health can have indirect effects, such as leading people to cope with the financial stress through risky behaviors such as smoking, or drug and alcohol abuse. Science has and still is constantly proving that individuals who have a substantial income are more likely to live longer or experience less health complications. For example, “a host of studies show that adult-onset diabetes and heart attacks are far more common among low income Canadians” (Mikkonen and Raphael, 2010, p.12). Also, “researchers have…found that men in the wealthiest 20% of neighbourhoods in Canada live on average more than four years longer than men in the poorest 20% of neighbourhoods” (Mikkonen and Raphael, 2010, p.12). Not only does income and social status affect physical health, it also impacts mental well-being. Admittedly, feeling as though you are less important, or lower on the social status ladder can directly influence your self esteem which in turn affects the way you see, or take care of yourself. As a result, individuals can be inclined to pursue suicide. Hence, “the suicide rates in the lowest income neighbourhoods were found to be almost twice those seen in the wealthiest neighbourhoods” (Mikkonen and Raphael, 2010, p.12).