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Webinar: Communicating data for health equity action

A Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM) webinar hosted by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

This webinar took place in English. Click here to acces the recording (English only).

Population health status or community assessment reports represent data that has been collected, analyzed and presented to describe the health of a group, community or geographical area. Population health status reports (PHSR) can inform what practitioners and decision-makers need to know to allocate resources as well as plan programs and services.

Because of this purpose, communication is a critical component of how knowledge mobilization happens in equity-integrated population health status reporting. Communicating PHSR data effectively means making sure that audiences — including decision- and policy-makers — have current information presented in a way that makes it useable to influence programs and priorities. Data can be produced and communicated in ways that appeal to different audiences and bring attention to the underlying reasons that contribute to health inequities across the population.

Communicating health equity data

This English-language webinar focused on communicating health equity data to public health decision-makers who address population health inequities. Strategies for framing health equity data to highlight the root causes of inequities were presented, as well as approaches to knowledge translation and mobilization in the health status reporting of data relating to the social determinants of health.

Listeners will learn about

  • health equity indicators and how to integrate into health status reporting
  • practices for knowledge mobilization and communication of health equity data; and
  • ways to frame data to highlight the root causes of health inequities.

This webinar can support the fulfillment of Medical Officer of Health competencies, especially “monitoring and assessing the health of the public” and “communication, collaboration, and advocacy for the public’s health.”


Dianne Oickle,
Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, NCCDH
Bruce Krentz,
Planning and Decision Support Analyst, Northern Health Authority (Thompson, MB)
Katrina Plamondon,
Regional Practice Leader, Research and Knowledge Translation, Interior Health Authority (Kelowna, BC)


Related resources

Equity-integrated population health status reporting: Action framework (2016) Communicating the social determinants of health: Income inequality and health (2014)
Communicating the social determinants of health common messaging guidelines (2013) Glossary of essential health equity terms (2014)

Click here to access the webinar (English only).

  • Presenters:
  • Katrina Plamondon, Bruce Krentz, 
  • 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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