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Learning from Practice: Advocacy for health equity - Food security

Food insecurity is a growing concern for many households with clear impacts on health and wellbeing. Across Canada, many organizations are taking new approaches to improve food security. This paper highlights the experience of the Ontario Association of Public Health Nutrition Professionals and Food Secure Canada in advocating to improve food security focusing on three advocacy roles in public health (these roles are described in Let’s Talk: Advocacy and health equity).

Role 1 Framing food security as being related to inadequate income and advocating for a move away from charity-based approaches (e.g. food banks) to a focus on income related solutions.

Role 2 Both organizations supported the generation and use of data needed to move forward the policy agendas

Role 3 Working in collaboration and developing alliances with a broad range of partners

Use this resource to:

  • Integrate an advocacy approach into your health equity activities
  • Develop a health equity framework or strategy for your organization
  • Support a conversation in your organization on policy approaches to improving food security


National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2017). Learning from Practice: Advocacy for health equity - Food security. Antigonish, NS: National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, St. Francis Xavier University.

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Tags: Communicate, Food security, Income inequality, Intersectoral action, Partnership , Policy analysis

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