Action on the social determinants of health through social enterprise

Michael J. Roy, Rosemary Lysaght, Terry M. Krupa

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Recent attention to the role that social entrepreneurship could play in addressing acute health care challenges1 reminds us that addressing the socioenvironmental factors that influence the physical, mental, social and spiritual components of health and well-being2 requires similarly innovative and imaginative responses. Social enterprises are a potentially useful and economically viable strategy to this end. These are organizations that engage in commercial trade for a social purpose — most often to address one or more aspects of social vulnerability — rather than for the personal financial enrichment of owners or shareholders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E440-E441
Number of pages2
JournalCanadian Medical Association Journal
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2017


  • social enterprise
  • social determinants
  • social entrepreneurship


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