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Public Health Speaks: Leadership for health equity [video]

“Leadership is not a function of organizational position.” Dr. Jeff Masuda, University of Manitoba

“Leadership is really throughout systems—health systems and other systems—so really almost everybody brings some element of leadership to their role in participating in health equity.” Dr. Sande Harlos, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

This video features reflections from Canadian public health leaders on the characteristics underlying effective leadership for health equity. The speakers share their understanding of leadership, its importance to advancing health equity, and what it looks like in practice.

Some key skills for leaders include strategic analysis, advocacy, a socio-ecological analysis of health and society, and relationship-building with internal and external stakeholders. Effective public health leaders also set priorities, making hard choices about what to give up in order to create space and time for health equity priorities.

While leadership at the top of an organization is needed to support health equity action, champions in other parts of the organization need to be supported when they assume leadership in their management of health equity projects and programs.  

This video was filmed at the Researcher-practitioner health equity workship: Bridging the Gap held in February 2012.

Speakers include

  • Gail Turner, Director of Health Services, Health and Social Services, Nunatsiavut, (retired)
  • Connie Clement,  Scientific Director, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health
  • Dr. Nancy Edwards, Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Institute for Population and Public Health
  • Dr. Jocelyne Sauvé , Medical Officer of Health, Montérégie Regional Health Authority
  • Dr. Sande Harlos, Medical Officer of Health, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  • Dr. Jeff Masuda, Assistant Professor, Department of Environment and Geography, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health, Peel Region
  • Dr. Patricia Martens , Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Cory Neudorf, Medical Officer of Health, Saskatoon Regional Health Authority
  • Dr. Marie- France Raynault , Professor, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Université de Montréal; Director, Lea-Roback Research Centre

Servez-vous de cet outil pour:

  • identify characteristics of public health leadership for health equity
  • explore how to develop the skills required for effective leadership of health equity initiatives

Centre de collaboration nationale des déterminants de la santé. (2013). La santé publique a la parole : leadership pour l’équité en santé [vidéo]. Antigonish (N.-É.), Centre de collaboration nationale des déterminants de la santé, Université St. Francis Xavier.

Related resources:
What contributes to successful public health leadership for health equity? An appreciative inquiry

Tags: Key concepts, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, Video

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