Overview of the Ontario Marginalization Index
The Ontario Marginalization Index (ON-Marg) is a geographically and census-based index that seeks to show differences in marginalization between areas and inequalities in various measures of health and social wellbeing, either between population groups or between geographical areas. It contains four dimensions:
- material deprivation
- residential instability
- ethnic concentration.
ON-Marg can be used for planning and needs assessment, resource allocation, monitoring of inequities, and research. It is the Ontario-specific version of the Canadian Marginalization Index, both of which have been in use since 2006. The multi-faceted nature of ON-Marg allows researchers and policy and program analysts to explore multiple dimensions of marginalization in urban and rural Ontario.
Presenter: Dr. Flora Matheson
Dr. Flora Matheson is a research scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at The Keenan Research Centre in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Matheson is also an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Studies and an assistant professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is guest editor of a special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health focusing on trauma, addiction and criminality. Her research focuses on inequities in health with a particular emphasis on gender, mental health and addictions and correctional populations.
Presenter: Dr. Jim Dunn
Dr. Jim Dunn holds a chair in applied public health from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) for his program of research on Interventions in Residential Neighbourhoods and Population Health. He is deputy editor of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and a member of the editorial advisory board for Housing, Theory and Society, Social Science and Medicine and Health Reports. He has been a scientific advisor to a number of policy-related bodies, including the Privy Council Office of Canada, Health Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the National Housing Research Committee of Canada and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. Dr. Dunn's research program focuses on socio-economic inequalities in health in urban areas.
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