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Research on Health Service Issues




Health and the National Atlas of Canada
J.R. Pitblado

Since 1906, the National Atlas of Canada has played a major role in interpreting Canada cartographically. However, from the first to the fifth edition of the Atlas there has been relatively little included about the health of Canadians. This project is meant to remedy that by expanding the content of the sixth edition now delivered entirely via the Internet. Components of health are not uniformly distributed in space and regional variations are often best portrayed and analyzed cartographically in, for example, atlas form. Through a series of maps (in digital form), explanatory text, a glossary, and the provision of links to related websites, a number of key health indicators are presented and explained. The health of Canadians in general is the focus of the initial work. The health of Canadians in general is the focus of this work, though there is a section on the health of rural Canadians.

(commissioned by the National Atlas of Canada, Natural Resources Canada)



(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff)



The health atlas is now available online at
http://atlas.nrcan.gc.ca/site/english/index.html