It is a privilege to work in the field of health equity and the social determinants of health, in part because of the powerful stories we hear every day of public health work that is making a difference. These stories come from across Canada and demonstrate the many creative ways practitioners apply often limited resources in their mission to decrease health inequities.
We noticed that many of these stories illustrate nicely the “10 Promising Practices” that can guide local public health work. These practices were identified and described by the Sudbury and District Health Unit in 2011 and they continue to serve public health practitioners and organizations as they develop and implement strategies to address the social determinants of health.
Today we are introducing a “blog series” to share some of the stories we have collected over the past year or so, and to encourage you to contribute your stories. Starting this week we will blog about initiatives that ground the promising practices in experience and that celebrate the diversity of approaches across Canada. Each blog will include links to essential resources available from our Resource Library as well.
We would like to hear from you! What experiences have you had in applying any of the promising practices to improve health equity? What resources do you use? Please send your ideas and examples to Lesley Dyck, Knowledge Translation Specialist and help us share your stories from the field.
With thanks to Helena Wall for her work capturing the initial stories, to Hannah Moffatt for her ongoing vision for the series, and Karen Fish for her support in getting the stories to completion.
This is about an initiative that Northern Health, in British Columbia, undertook to improve the health of men in their region, and how their work showcases community engagement as a promising practice to reduce inequities in health.