LookUp: BC Nurses Taking Action on the Social Determinants of Health

LookUp is a group of B.C. nurses who have come together to exchange resources to support nurses to address the social determinants of health. Guided by a population health promotion framework, we aim to support nurses in working at multiple levels (e.g. develop personal skills; strengthen community action; build healthy public policy) (Hamilton & Bhatti, 1996) and across diverse practice contexts including health, education, policy, and research.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the social determinants of health (SDOH) are: “The conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.”

Examples of SDOH include:

  • Income and social status
  • Social support networks
  • Education and literacy
  • Employment and working conditions
  • Socio-cultural environments
  • Built and natural environments
  • Healthy child development
  • Health services
  • Discrimination (e.g. based on gender, sexual orientation)
  • Racialization
  • Colonization
  • Immigration status

We welcome all nurses who are interested in learning more about the SDOH, how they impact health outcomes, and how to talk about them and advocate for systemic changes to join us in exploring ways that we, as nurses, can address the conditions of people’s lives that affect health and wellbeing.

The Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC) supports existing and emerging Community of Practice (CoP) groups to support nurses in building and exchanging knowledge across diverse practice contexts.