When I first started working for Alberta Health Services in 2011, I was tasked with creating the WalkABle Alberta community engagement process to create community reports that provide recommendations to improve community walkability. Let me tell you what I did.
Devin Wood is an MSc student at Carleton University in Ottawa, ON, who worked as the NCCDH’s student health equity educator in July and August 2018.
I am writing to share with colleagues in the public health community that I am looking ahead to retirement from my role as scientific director at the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH), and that the NCCDH has begun succession planning to ensure a smooth leadership transition.
Canada’s chief public health officer has identified that bringing attention to “how the built environment contributes to widening or reducing health inequities” is a priority for promoting and improving the health of all Canadians. As we try to understand this relationship further, we think it is important to consider three questions.
Imagine the world in 2048. What do you see? I imagine a world in which a greater proportion of humanity gets to partake in the beauty and bounty the world has to offer while being buffered from more of its downsides. It brings to mind what Arundhati Roy imagines as “another world.” In this “another world” described by Roy, three things will be central to health promotion practice.