Public Health Speaks: Purposeful reporting for health equity [video]
“What we don’t monitor, what we don’t study, we can’t improve. Things never just spontaneously improve…” Dr. Marie-France Raynault
Purposeful reporting involves deliberately asking questions about health inequities and the social determinants of health in the way that health and sociodemographic data is collected, analyzed, interpreted and shared. Purposeful reporting is often the first stage of action, and it also provides an opportunity to take stock of progress towards greater health equity and. Working with other sectors to collect data pulls in information that public health may not have available. Organizations need people with skills to understand the data, and share it effectively (i.e., in a way that leads to action). In addition to trigger action, population health status reports provide recommendations for modifying or initiating programs and policies.
This video was filmed at the Researcher-practitioner workshop on health equity: Bridging the Gap held in February 2012.
- Jean Harvey, Director, Canadian Population Health Initiative, Canadian Institute of Health Information
- Dr. Marie-France Raynault , Professor, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Université de Montréal; Director, Léa-Roback Research Centre
- Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed, Medical Officer of Health, Capital Health, Halifax
- Connie Clement, Scientific Director, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health
Use this resource to
- Consider how data can be used to support action on health equity
- Identify potential data partners for public health
- Learn about the components of purposeful reporting
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2013). Public Health Speaks: Purposeful reporting for health equity [video]. Antigonish, NS: National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, St. Francis Xavier University.
- Population health status reporting: The learning together series http://nccdh.ca/resources/entry/population-health-status-reporting
- Social inequalities in health in Montréal 2011: Progress to date http://nccdh.ca/resources/entry/social-inequalities-in-health-in-montreal-2011