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Strengthening organizational capacity within public health units to address health equity

We will be facilitating a full-day preconference at The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC)  for social determinants of health (SDH) nurses in Ontario, alpha/OPHA health equity workgroup members, and Public health practitioners with direct responsibility for developing and implementing interventions to address the social determinants of health and improve health equity.

The social determinants of health are conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age, including the health system. These are the wider social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural forces that determine people’s living conditions. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources at global, national, and local levels, which are themselves influenced by policy choices. The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities. The importance of addressing the social determinants of health and improving health equity is a well-established goal in public health.

This workshop will use an interactive and participatory approach to examine public health interventions on the social determinants of health, highlighting practices that are integral to dealing with interrelated determinants of health. The strategies presented will draw from a range of sources; participants will access evidence and knowledge on intersectoral action and community engagement; competencies and organizational standards; purposeful reporting; and public health leadership for health equity. Action on the social determinants of health necessitates a multisectoral approach that leverages the strengths and interests of other sectors and draws on public health expertise. A unified public health voice is a critical to this conversation.

During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences and network with others working in a similar context.

The workshop will explore the application of four broad range roles for public health action:

  • Assess and report on the health of populations describing the existence and impact of health inequalities and inequities as well as effective strategies to address those inequalities/inequities
  • Modify/orient public health interventions to reduce inequities including the consideration of the unique needs and capacities of priority populations (i.e., do planning and implementation of existing programs consider inequities?)
  • Engage in community and multisectoral collaboration in addressing the health needs of these populations through services and programs (i.e., when looking at the collectivity of our programming for ‘x’, where are the gaps?)
  • Lead/participate and support other stakeholders in policy analysis, development and advocacy for improvements in health determinants/inequities

This event is being held with the support of the alPHa/OPHA Health Equity Workgroup and the Community Health Nurses Initiative Group, an interest group of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario

To register, click here.

  • Presenters:
  • Pemma Muzumdar
    Pemma Muzumdar

    Pemma Muzumdar, MPH

    Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Pemma Muzumdar is motivated by a desire to improve well-being and planetary health, particularly those who, through intersecting factors, experience marginalization and exclusion. She is based out of Montreal, Quebec.

    Pemma has worked with the six National Collaborating Centres (NCCs) for Public Health in various capacities since 2011, developing and sharing knowledge, networks and resources for improved public health action. She completed her Masters of Public Health at the University of Waterloo in 2010, and draws from significant experience in science communication, public speaking, group facilitation, team learning and organizational development. Prior to joining the NCCs, Pemma contributed to dynamic teams at the Ontario Science Centre, Discovery Channel Canada, the Program Training and Consultation Centre of the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy, TakingITGlobal and the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital.
  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh
    Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh

    Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, MHSc

    Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Sume has professional experiences in equity-focused organizational and community development and change, social justice education, HIV/AIDS prevention, research, knowledge translation, evaluation and women's rights with local, provincial and global organizations. Sume has previously contributed to teams at the Program Training and Consultation Centre of the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy, the Regional Diversity Roundtable, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Southern African AIDS Trust and the Centre for Social Justice. Sume holds a Masters of Health Sciences in Health Promotion and Global Health from the University of Toronto.

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