Citizenship and the Social Determinants of Health

Wellesley Institute

This paper outlines the requirements for and the benefits of citizenship attainment – and how these aspects are connected to good health.

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This paper raises questions about how both the process of becoming a citizen as well as the entitlements one receives could have a potential impact on health and health equity.

Acquiring citizenship can enable one to have greater access to the health via the social determinants of health leading to economic and social inclusion.
Becoming a citizen has the potential to promote economic and social inclusion by fostering opportunities to participate and engage in society in more meaningful ways. It can improve one’s sense of belonging and enhance the feeling of being socially included in the fabric of society. Access to citizenship can be a potential site of intervention to promote health and health equity.