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The Nova Scotia Public Health Standards (2011-2016) and cross-cutting Health Equity Protocol (2015) arose out of a dedicated 2-year renewal process. Together they require public health staff to “understand the principles of health equity and social justice, develop critical analysis skills, and apply health equity approaches and tools.” This requirement spurred groups within NS’s Department of Health & Wellness, the NS Health Authority, and the NCCDH to locate and develop tools that could support staff in taking a health equity approach.
This discussion paper presents key economic arguments that support the call to re-think how we distribute health care dollars, concluding that a shift towards the upstream determinants of health is warranted on the basis of economics, as well as social justice values.
The six National Collaborating Centres (NCCs) for Public Health promote and improve the use of scientific research and other knowledge to strengthen public health practices and policies in Canada.