By Jonathan Heller and Myrianne Richard, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

Did you know that health is influenced by the system and structures that surround us? One example is government budgets, through which decisions are made about where and how much to invest across key health-related priorities. Documents like budgets are influenced by who has power to campaign effectively to advance their interests, and who tends to be marginalized from these processes.

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"Shifting structures, including budgets, requires intentional strategies and concerted effort. It requires shifting power relations, both limiting the power of those who use it to maintain the status quo and building power in communities that have been marginalized by systems of oppression."

— Jonathan Heller and Myrianne Richard