MHLU - Health Status Resource

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Indigenous

A collective name for the original peoples of North America (i.e., First Nations, Métis and Inuit) and their descendants. The indicator “Aboriginal peoples” is used on the 2016 Census to determine Indigenous identity that is, North American Indian, Métis or Inuit, and/or those who reported being a Treaty Indian or a Registered Indian, as defined by the Indian Act of Canada, and/or those who reported they were members of an Indian band or First Nations. The Canadian Constitution recognizes three groups of Aboriginal people — Indians, Métis and Inuit. These are three separate peoples with unique heritages, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

1. Ontario Federation of Labour Aboriginal Circle and Ontario Federation of Labour Aboriginal Persons Caucus. Traditional Territory Acknowledgements in Ontario [Internet]. Toronto ON: Ontario Federation of Labour 2017 [cited 2018 Nov 22]. Available from: www.ofl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017.05.31-Traditional-Territory-Acknowledgement-in-Ont.pdf

Infants with family involved with Child Protection Services

Includes families with past or present involvement with Child Protection Services. Excludes involvement of parents with Child Protection Services when they were children.

Infant’s mother is a single parent

A mother who identifies herself as the sole primary caregiver for the baby/child.

Integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS)

iPHIS is the information system used for reporting case information for all provincially and nationally reportable communicable diseases. This database is managed by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care and used in Ontario public health units for communicable disease case and contact follow-up as well as outbreak management. 

IntelliHEALTH

IntelliHEALTH is managed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and contains health information from numerous data sources. The following data sources were used in this resource:

  • Vital Statistics (deaths) from the Office of the Ontario Registrar General;
  • Inpatient Discharges (hospitalizations, live births, stillbirths) from Canadian Institute for Health Information’s (CIHI) Discharge Abstract Database (DAD)
  • Population Estimates from Statistics Canada, approved by the Ontario Ministry of Finance.

 

Intention to breastfeed

Mothers who intend to feed breast milk to their infant; self-reported during pregnancy or at time of birth.

Invasive Infections

An infection is considered invasive when it is found in a normally sterile part of the body, such as blood or cerebrospinal fluid.

Ischaemic heart disease

involves the narrowing of the arteries to the heart that leaves them unable to bring enough blood and oxygen to the heart’s muscle.

Knowledge of Official Languages

Some knowledge of English, French, or both

Labour Force

People over the age of 15 years who are currently employed and those who are unemployed but were available to start work in the week prior to the Census and looked for work in the past 4 weeks. It excludes anyone who may have been without a job and was not actively looking for work.

Land Transport Collision

Land transport collisions include injuries sustained during a motor vehicle collision, whether as a driver or passenger in the vehicle, a pedestrian, a cyclist, or a motorcyclist. They also include injuries sustained on all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and other types of vehicles travelling on land.

Language & Cognitive Development domain

Assesses children’s basic and advanced literacy skills, their basic numeracy skills, their interest in reading and math, and their ability to remember things.1

1. Offord Centre for Child Studies. EDI in Ontario over Time [Internet]. Hamilton, ON: McMaster University, 2018 [cited 2019 Mar 26]. Available from: https://edi.offordcentre.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/EDI-in-Ontari...

Large-for-Gestational Age (LGA)

The number of live births with a birth weight above the ninetieth percentile of birth weights for their gestational age and sex, per 100 live births

Leisure Time Activity Level

This variable is a measure of the average daily energy expended during leisure time activities by the respondent in the past three months.

Energy Expenditure (EE) is calculated using the frequency and duration per session of the physical activity as well as the MET value of the activity. The MET is a value of metabolic energy cost expressed as a multiple of the resting metabolic rate.

(CCHS Derived Variable document 2009/10)

Life Expectancy

The average length of time that an individual will live if subjected to the mortality experience for the specified population and time period.

Life expectancy at age 65

is the average number of years that a person at that age can be expected to live, assuming that age-specific mortality levels remain constant.

Lifetime Abstainer

Has never smoked a whole cigarette in lifetime.

Limitations of Survey Data

Self-reported survey data is valuable because it assesses behaviours in the population, data not usually collected elsewhere, but it is not the most reliable source of health data.  People are not always aware of or truthful about their health behaviours, their height and their weight when asked in a survey.

London Economic Region

A geographic area used to describe a regional economic activity zone of influence which includes not only London but also the surrounding areas such as Middlesex, St. Thomas, Woodstock, Tillsonburg and much of Elgin County.

Low Birth Weight Rate

The number of live births with a birth weight of less than 2,500 grams, per 100 live births.

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