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The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is the main Government of Canada agency responsible for public health in Canada, with a mission to promote and protect the health of Canadians through leadership, partnership, innovation and action in public health. PHAC employs a population health approach that “aims to improve the health of the entire population and to reduce health inequities among population groups.” This includes a discussion of some key determinants of health.

  • Strengthening Chronic Disease Prevention and Management is a tool developed to assist public health, primary care and the community to work together to prevent and manage chronic disease in health regions across the country. Its intent is to help these sectors think about, discuss and assess current practice, capacities and opportunities for action. A ‘focus on determinants’ is included as one of the 8 critical success factors of this tool.
     
  • Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) is a community-based program delivered through the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). CPNP supports communities to promote public health and provide support to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, new mothers and babies facing challenging life circumstances.  A separate stream of the program administered through Health Canada serves Inuit and First Nation women living on-reserve.
     
  • The Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) is a community-based children’s program delivered by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). It was established in 1993 and is jointly managed with the provinces and territories. CAPC has provided long term funding to community groups and coalitions across Canada to develop programs that promote the healthy development of young children. Through CAPC, supports and activities are made available to children and their families facing challenging life circumstances.
     
  • The Canadian Best Practices Portal is a resource for practitioners planning health promotion and disease prevention programs. The site includes a specific section about data and strategies to address the Social Determinants of Health from Canadian and international settings.

 

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