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National Inuit climate change strategy

This informative strategy from Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami asks readers to ethically partner with Inuit communities while contributing to climate policy at all levels. It also includes a guide to partnering with Inuit communities.

Just societies: Health equity and dignified lives

This report by the Pan American Health Organization’s Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas examines social and economic inequalities in the regions, and considers several related factors such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, disability, and daily living conditions. An expanded list of the structural drivers of inequities also play prominently into the analysis.

Place standard: How good is our place?

NHS Scotland's Place Standard Tool is a planning framework to assess the quality of both rural and urban places, designed to support communities, public and private sectors, businesses and citizens to identify improvements to physical and social aspects of the places where people live.

Building a culture of equity in Canadian public health: An environmental scan

This third environmental scan from the NCCDH responds to recent concerns about the Canadian health sector’s significant decline in commitment to public health programs and services. The scan explores implications for the public health sector in undertaking effective action to address the social determinants of health and improve health equity in this context.

The health of Canada’s children and youth: A CICH profile

The Canadian Institute for Child Health (CICH) profile offers data from over 400 indicators on the health and well-being of Canadian children and youth. New modules on Indigenous children/youth and health/development in the early years consolidate indicators that can be used to support strategies, draw attention to health inequities and develop partnerships that serve the children of Canada, Indigenous and settler alike.

Pan-Canadian Health Inequalities data tool, 2017 edition

The Pan-Canadian Health Inequalities Reporting Initiative’s health inequalities data tool is a user-friendly, web-based tool that can be used to inform decisions relating to surveillance, research, programming and policies that address health inequities among population groups in Canada.

Trends in Income-Related Health Inequalities in Canada: Summary Report

This collection of resources documents the trend in income-related health inequalities in Canada for 16 health indicators over the past 10 years. This is a one-stop-shop for national, provincial and territorial data on the topic, and includes a public summary and info graphics.

Public health use of digital technology to advance health equity

This paper presents findings on two surveys of how public health professionals exchange knowledge and act to improve the social determinants of health and health equity in digital spaces like social media.

Paying for nutrition:  A report on food costing in the North

This report provides an analysis of food costing data in one area of Northern Ontario as an example to highlight the elevated cost and decreased affordability of food in northern First Nations communities. The disproportionately high incidence of food insecurity in these communities is also discussed.

Growing healthier: A health equity impact assessment for Saskatoon’s growth plan

Upstream and Saskatoon Health Region’s Population and Public Health group detail the results of a HEIA they conducted on the City of Saskatoon’s recently released growth plan. Growing healthier offers 13 recommendations for direct action that will enhance Saskatoon’s community health and well-being.

Health inequities in New Brunswick

This report presents data revealing the unequal distribution of social determinants and health status in New Brunswick. It “is meant to stimulate individual and collective interest and facilitate conversations to address this important issue which affects all New Brunswickers…” (p. 5)

Maps to inform intersectoral planning and action

This technical report from the Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health explores the use of mapping technologies to support action on the social determinants of health. The report provides an overview of various mapping technologies and uses two case studies to provide in-practice examples of how these technologies can be used.

A review of frameworks on the determinants of health

This document presents a brief analysis of 37 social determinants of health frameworks that best reflect an intersectoral perspective. It also offers an in-depth analysis of the seven frameworks considered most useful for understanding and acting on the social determinants across sectors.

Economic arguments for shifting health dollars upstream

This discussion paper presents key economic arguments that support the call to re-think how we distribute health care dollars, concluding that a shift towards the upstream determinants of health is warranted on the basis of economics, as well as social justice values.

Public Health Speaks: Intersectionality and health equity

Public health practitioners and researchers discuss the application of intersectionality in social determinants of health and health equity practice, policy and research.

Multiple actors bringing diverse knowledge to improve health equity: Dialogue proceedings

These proceedings summarize an open space forum held in Quebec City in 2015. The event explored the question: “What are the opportunities to reduce social inequities in health if we bring together knowledge gathered from experience, intervention, research, and decision-making?”

Inequalities in health: Definitions, concepts and theories

This article provides a clear and accessible review of issues related to understanding, measuring and assessing health inequalities. The authors also consider implications for developing program and policy interventions to reduce health inequalities.

Our Life: A new wave of public health

An illustrated video about what is required to sustain a new wave in public health to address growing health inequalities and support a shift to a wellness-oriented public health system.

Equity-integrated population health status reporting: Action framework

This resource presents an accessible action framework for those directly engaged in creating community health status reports, as well as those interested in learning how to use population health status reporting to drive action to improve health equity.

Communicating the social determinants of health: Income Inequality and Health

This document applies common messaging guidelines to the challenge of communicating the connection between income inequality and health inequality. The guidelines were published by the Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Health.

Health for All: Building Winnipeg’s Health Equity Action Plan

This report lays the foundation for a Health Equity Action Plan for the city of Winnipeg. The document provides a framework for understanding and collaboratively addressing health equity by introducing principles, strategies, and suggested areas for action.

Learning from practice:  Equity in influenza Prevention in Saskatoon

This is the story of Saskatoon Health Region’s (SHR) work to improve immunization rates and reduce the spread of influenza in Saskatoon’s six core neighbourhoods. SHR’s existing strong socio-economic and health disparities data made it possible to prioritize these core neighbourhoods for H1N1 vaccination programs.

Learning from practice:  Equity in influenza prevention in Manitoba

This story describes how Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors prioritized Aboriginal peoples in its response to the 2009-10 H1N1 influenza pandemic, and used this experience to further develop influenza prevention and immunization equity measures.

Boosting momentum: Applying knowledge to advance health equity - 2014 Environmental scan

This report is a follow-up to the NCCDH’s 2010 environmental scan, Integrating social determinants of health and health equity into Canadian public health practice. It is based on a literature review, focus groups and key informants, and identifies ways that the context and practice of health equity work in the public health domain have changed since 2010.

Health equity tools

This inventory describes 36 tools that public health practitioners can use to support the systemic promotion of health equity.

Health impact assessment in practice - online course

This free, six to 12 hour course is designed using case studies to teach public health practitioners how to conduct a health impact assessment (HIA). The course was developed by the National Health Service in Scotland, which has produced an impressive eLearning program of study.

Health equity impact assessment (HEIA) - online course

This free, skill-building course teaches why and how to conduct a health equity impact assessment (HEIA), and gives learners opportunities to complete up to five HEIA templates - a tool designed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - based on five case studies.

The community tool box

Find resources and connect with others working in health promotion on The Community Tool Box. This is a website with more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance about how to engage with your community to create positive change and improve health and well-being.

How are Canadians really doing? The 2012 CIW report

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing’s second report presents statistical trends, over 17 years, within eight domains of wellbeing. It reveals that Canadian’s health, in its broadest sense, dropped significantly during the 2008 recession, and has not recovered.

Ontario population health index of databases

This online, searchable index allows you to search over 275 databases and data-rich publications using topics and key words.

The Ontario women’s health equity report. Chapter 13.

The POWER Study (Project for an Ontario Women’s Health Evidence-based Report), a multi-year investigation of women’s health status, has produced a 13-chapter Ontario Women’s Health Equity Report. The report examines gender differences on a comprehensive set of evidence-based, health-related indicators.

Environmental scan of school readiness for health

This review of the literature describes school readiness from a health and early child development perspective.

The Population Health Template

The planning template outlines the procedures and processes required to implement a population health approach.

Public health observatories: Learning from our world neighbours

This report describes Canadian experiences in attending the “Health Observatories: Learning from Our World Neighbours, 2008” meetings hosted by the London Public Health Observatories.

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