Did you know? The poorest 20 per cent of Canadians have more than double the chance of having two or more chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes than the richest 20 per cent. (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2011)

This story shares a primary-care nurse’s experience with a young man with diabetes in her community. As Lacey and Dr. Joseph listen to “Mark” and strategize about how to reverse the side effects of his poorly managed diabetes, they come to understand that financial strain is the primary issue that needed to be addressed before any other intervention was initiated. Lacey’s story emphasizes the importance of laying a strong financial foundation in order to address chronic health challenges like diabetes.

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