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Upstream action on food insecurity: A curated list

We have selected a number of tools and resources that public health practitioners can use to design program and policy interventions to act on food insecurity. A total of 13 resources are organized around the NCCDH’s Public Health Roles for Improving Health Equity

  1. Assess and report – Evaluating outcomes of community food programs, indicators and monitoring of food insecurity
  2. Modify and orient interventions – Position statements on upstream solutions to food insecurity, recommendations for strategies and interventions
  3. Partner with other sectors – Intersectoral initiatives, collaborative partnership projects
  4. Participate in policy development – Policy options to address poverty as the predictor of food insecurity, recommendations for broader policy change to address inequities as they influence food insecurity

Additional resources to support action related to the public health roles are also included. A final section offers documents that explore the unique issues related to northern food insecurity. This curated list is not meant to be comprehensive, but to point to key considerations for addressing the root causes of food insecurity.


National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (2017). Upstream action on food insecurity: A curated reading list. Antigonish, NS: National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, St. Francis Xavier University

Tags: Aboriginal health , Assess and report, Food security, Healthy public policy, Income inequality, Modify & orient, Partnership , Policy analysis, Public health unit / health authority

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