Looking back at the last 10 years I have worked in the field of environmental health, the most memorable and rewarding career moments all involved connecting with the public, educating others and effecting change. These are the moments that inspire me and motivate me to continue my career in public health.
Public health agencies that have woven the concepts of the social determinants of health and health equity into the documents that guide agency actions have taken a step to committed action on these issues. Two rural health authorities in Manitoba have very recently done just that, and provide examples of how to recognize these issues as part of a community health assessment.
The NCCDH was very pleased to be invited to participate in the Prenatal Environmental Health Education (PEHE) forum on November 20-21, 2014 in Ottawa, ON. The forum was a two day event that brought together researchers, practitioners, and organizations interested in the impact of exposure to environmental health contaminants on pregnant women and their babies.
This blog describes my initial work in matching the NCCDH’s four "Public Health Roles for Improving Health Equity" with concrete examples and tools. This piece of work gave me some sense of ‘where to start.’ Public Health Roles for Improving Health Equity.
With contributions from Karen Serwonka, Caroline Krebs, Sande Harlos, and Lissa Donner. Now available: Executive summary and full report of the June 2013 health equity forum A knowledge translation forum on health equity and social determinants of health.