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Webinar: Examining early childhood indicators: Launch of a new data module and partnership tool

The experiences, care and environments that children are exposed to between birth and age 5 will shape their health and well-being for years to come. Given how critical this period is for child development, all sectors of society have a role to play in creating the best possible environments for children to develop and grow.

In pursuit of this aim, the Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health, the Canadian Institute of Child Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada have developed user-friendly, online resources to support planning related to early child health inequalities. The resources present approximately 400 indicators across eight sections relating to social determinants of health and feature a series of practice-based examples of intersectoral initiatives. An online partnership tool has also been created to provide users with recommendations for how to address the issues that users identify as important.

This webinar will provide an overview of these new tools and how data from different sectors has been used to lead action on early childhood development. Practice-based examples of how data can be used for advocacy and policy development will be shared. An overview of the partnership tool to identify intersectoral stakeholders for collaborative planning of interventions to address early childhood development inequalities will also be presented. These resources will be helpful to anyone working with children, looking to build partnerships, or designing interventions to improve the health and well-being of young children.

Participants will learn about

  • using indicators for the planning and implementation of programs to address health inequalities
  • linking early child development indicators to those related to social determinants of health, including housing, food insecurity, violence and mental health; and
  • identifying and engaging intersectoral partners for data-based collaborative planning of interventions on early childhood development.


Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH
Louise Hanvey, Research Director, Canadian Institute of Child Health Profile Project
Shelley Callaghan, Project Manager/Consultant, Canadian Institute of Child Health Christine Soon, Senior Policy Analyst, Social Determinants of Health Division, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Equity, Public Health Agency of Canada

Related resources

Pan-Canadian Health Inequalities data tool, 2017 edition (2017) The health of Canada’s children and youth: A CICH profile (2018)


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  • Presenters:
  • Louise Hanvey, Shelley Callaghan, Christine Soon, 
  • Dianne Oickle
    Dianne Oickle

    Dianne Oickle, MSc, BSc

    Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Dianne is a dietitian with over 15 years’ experience working in public health in Ontario focused on reproductive and child health in a mostly rural setting with many diverse clients. Part of her work involved development of practice guidelines for health professionals, train-the-trainer initiatives, public presentations, educational resource development, working with the media, community coalition and network support, writing for the public and professionals, and program planning, implementation, and evaluation. She has taught university nutrition courses, worked with the provincial network supporting and advocating for dietitians in public health practice, and precepted over 20 dietetics and other students. Dianne earned her BSc in Nutrition and Consumer Studies (now Human Nutrition) at St. Francis Xavier University, and her MSc in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan.

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