On December 14th, 23 organizations came together to validate the assessment questions and picklists brought forward after an extensive literature review conducted by the YMCA and the University of Windsor.

Seven organizations funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and 16 mainstream organizations representing all social determinants of health attended.


Social Determinants of Health

The social determinants of health (SDH) are the non-medical factors that influence health outcomes. They 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. Learn more here.


Participants were invited for half-day sessions where they worked at SDH-specific tables. They were asked to:

  • Review the original question
  • Discuss the wording with their peers
  • Make nay changes necessary to the question and possible responses

Comments from partners ranged from general support for questions to suggestions on how to improve the language of questions, ensure a broadened scope and range of response options, as well as recommendations to omit certain questions that may be best left to sector-specific professionals post-referral.

Additional pages were also left for partners to add any questions they felt were missing.

When asked about their experience participating in the working session, here is what partners had to say.

There was no fear or doubt in expressing honest opinions about questions or scenarios. 

I liked the idea of sitting with other members from other organizations and even other fields of experience which enriched the discussion with a variety of opinions and different perspectives.