This blog is part of a blog-series to be published in 2017. This blog describes the NCCDH’s current initiative to become more intentionally anti-racist and better enabled to translate knowledge that will facilitate public health to address racism and racialization in their work places and as a structural determinant of health and inequity in the population.
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.
The means by which public health practice can be shifted to address health equity is informed by conventional and informal knowledge channels. Recognizing that it is those who work in the field that are often the best source of knowledge when it comes to knowing how to do this, we draw on our audience to help us identify priority areas for action.
St. Francis Xavier Human Nutrition honours student, Sarah Ngunangwa, shares her experience of integrating health equity into undergraduate work, what her research found, and what she learned about herself along the way.
Connie Clement, our NCCDH Scientific Director, was recently profiled among Canadian public health leaders in an interview published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health. The interview is part of a series intended to capture the personal perspectives of Canadian public health leaders.