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Public health equity leadership and capacity: Do tools catalyze action?

Public health equity leadership and capacity: Do tools catalyze action?

Pre-session to the annual Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) conference.

Monday June 5, 2017. World Trade & Convention Centre, Halifax NS.

Presented by the NCCDH, ELPH (Equity Lens in Public Health), the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT), and the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Just as knowledge doesn’t equal behaviour and action, the existence of tools doesn’t address health equity. The use of tools can be a catalyst for conversation on shifting practice to address health equity as well as a strategy through which to take action on the social determinants of health, yet precursors must be in place to support effective application of tools. Addressing health equity through public health interventions requires leadership and organizational capacity to support meaningful action through program planning and implementation. 

This workshop will discuss factors that impact taking action on health equity, how organizational capacity impacts the effective integration of health equity approaches, and the role of leadership to support action. This session is intended as a workshop for frontline practitioners as well as formal leaders and decision makers. This session will focus on advancing concepts and application of health equity in health care systems and assumes that participants will have knowledge of basic health equity and social determinants of health concepts.

The learning objectives for this session are to:

  • Deepen understanding of how organizational capacity and change processes influence the integration of health equity in public health
  • Explore organizational factors and public health system characteristics on the use of tools to address  health equity
  • Identify opportunities at an organizational and leadership level to shift public health practice to address health equity
  • Critically reflect on how public health practice can influence the structural processes that create inequities

The full day event will include presentations and interactive sessions on assessing organizational capacity and readiness for change, public health context for meaningful use of tools, and leadership to address health equity.

Who should attend:

This session is intended as a workshop for frontline practitioners as well as formal leaders and decision makers. The session will not introduce basic equity and determinants concepts; participants should have moderate (or advanced) knowledge of health equity and public health systems.

It is however open to all public health practitioners in working on the social determinants of health and health equity. You do not have to be attending the main conference of the (CPHA) to register for this pre-conference session.

Speakers:

Coming soon!

Planning team:

  • Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH
  • Bernie Pauly, Professor at University of Victoria and Principal Investigator - Equity Lens in Public Health (ELPH)
  • Christine Johnson, Health Equity Lead Public Health - Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)
  • Kristin Read, Research Coordinator, and Shelley Russel, MPH student - National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT)
  • Sana Shahram - Michael Smith Foundations for Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia & NCCDH Board Member 

Registration: Participant $40, student $25 (lunch & snacks included; breakfast not provided).
Registration closes on May 26th at 6 pm EST. Click here to register. If you have any questions, please contact Dianne Oickle at doickle@stfx.ca.

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