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Webinar: Public Health Ethics and Equity

The NCCDH and the National Collaborting Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) will co-present a webinar entitled "Public Health Ethics and Equity: Naming and Navigating Ethical Issues in Public Health Practice."

In this webinar, presenter Dr. Bernie Pauly will share insights drawn from the the Equity Lens in Public Health (ELPH) research project into some of the ethical issues practitioners face in addressing health inequities in public health practice, as well as some means for navigating these issues within health organizations.

Speaker

Dr. Bernie Pauly
Principal Investigator with the Equity Lens in Public Health (ELPH) 5-year CIHR funded research project and Associate Professor with the Centre for Addictions Research of BC and School of Nursing at the University of Victoria.

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  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

Webinar: “Racing” the social determinants of health and health equity (Part 2 of 2)

This webinar is the second of a two-part series on the impact of racism on health and approaches to addressing racism and improving the health of Indigenous and racialized peoples. Racism, defined as a systemic force that impacts the distribution of power and resources based on socially defined “races,” impacts the health and well-being of Indigenous and racialized peoples.

The webinar will explore approaches to addressing racism that occurs at the organizational and systemic levels. Specifically, the webinar will:

  • share examples of anti-racist organizational transformation;
  • discuss anti-racist policy approaches; and
  • highlight the importance measuring systemic racism in public health data systems.


Speakers

    
Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, MHSc, Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH Dr. Onye Nnorom, Associate Program Director, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and TAIBU Health Centre                                                                                                                                                                        


Related resource

Let's talk: Racism and health equity (2017)


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Missed Part 1 of the series? Access the recording and summary here.

  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

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Webinar: Building for mental health: Healthy built environments for children and youth

This webinar will focus on factors in the urban built and social environments that promote child and youth mental health, as well as how public health can work to support these factors through upstream approaches. The built environment refers to structures, spaces and products created or modified by people. Elements such as housing, transportation, buildings and urban green space (e.g., parks, gardens, playing fields) and blue space (e.g., waterfronts) intersect with the natural and social environments to impact mental health. Children and youth are particularly vulnerable to physical and social factors that promote or impede the development of positive mental health.

Content will include research that explores:

  • how positive mental health in children and youth is impacted by characteristics of built and social environments;
  • the intersection between built and social environments and how they impact child and youth mental health;
  • equity-related influences within built and social environments on child and youth mental health; and
  • the role of public health in promoting population mental health through built environment initiatives.

The goals of this webinar are:

  • to offer evidence and define roles for public health practitioners that will inform policy actions to address inequities; and
  • to create healthy built environments that promote child and youth mental health.

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

Our speakers:

Dr. Chris Mackie, Medical Officer of Health and CEO, Middlesex-London Health Unit (Ontario) Emily Rugel, Ph.D. candidate, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health
Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH
 

Acknowledgement:

Resources:

 

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  • Presenters:
  • Dr. Chris Mackie, Emily Rugel, 
  • 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.

    doickle@stfx.ca

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Webinar: “Racing” the social determinants of health and health equity (Part 1 of 2)

This webinar is the first of a two-part series on the impact of racism on health. The aim of the discussions is to explore approaches to addressing racism, as well as how to improve the health of Indigenous and racialized peoples.

In this first webinar, our speakers will focus on the following topics:

  • Introducing racism as a determinant of health and well-being
  • Describing core concepts related to systemic racism
  • Highlighting the impact of racism on health

Our speakers:

Resource:

Let’s talk: Racism and health equity

 

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  • Presenters:
  • Dr. Ingrid Waldron, 
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

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Webinar: Collective impact, health equity and public health

Join us for a discussion of how participating in a collective impact initiative can deepen public health’s commitment to community engagement and health equity.

This webinar will be of interest to anyone looking to learn more about working with community to make change; however, we recommend you read Collective Impact 3.0 from the Tamarack Institute before attending, or watch the video below in which Liz Weaver and Mark Cabaj of Tamarack share their insights about the evolution of collective impact and what it will take to get to transformative community change.

Link to vdeo:

We also welcome you to review the recent NCCDH publication on this topic, which covers stories of the Vancouver Island Child and Youth Health Network and London, Ontario’s Child & Youth Health Network

Our speakers:


 
Petra Chambers-Sinclair, collective impact consultant and former coordinator of the Child and Youth Health Network of Vancouver Island Louis Sorin, Chair of the NCCDH Advisory Board and CEO of End Homelessness Winnipeg Hannah Moffatt, Population Health Equity Initiatives Leader,
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority


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to register.

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FREE Online Training Course on Analyzing Public Policies being offered by NCCHPP

Click here to read more and to register for this course from the NCC for Healthy Public Policy.

Innovative approaches to promoting population mental health and wellbeing

St. Francis Xavier University is pleased to present Professor Margaret Barry, PhD, from the National University of Ireland Galway. 

Professor Barry’s talk, Innovative approaches to promoting population mental health and wellbeing: Who needs to be engaged for effective action?, is co-presented by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, the St. Francis Xavier Department of Education and office of the Associate Vice President of Research. 

This presentation addresses the need for innovative policies and approaches in addressing the social determinants of mental health and considers what it means in practice to adopt a whole-of-government and a whole-of-society approach to promoting population mental health and wellbeing. This event has been made possible by a Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship from the Ireland Canada University Foundation, provided with support from the Irish Government.

Details:

  • Thursday June 1, 2017 at 2:30 – 3:30 pm AST        
  • A Maple League of Universities eventLocation  at St. FX - Coady Institute Room 242
  • Interactive audio & video through Cisco technology for Maple League schools - Livestream event to be recorded https://livestream.com/accounts/735962/events/7374838

 

Webinar: Methods and tools for integrating health equity into public health program planning and implementation

Presented by the NCCDH and the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT).

This event will be presented in English. An audio recording will be available following the event. The presentation slides will be posted online in English and French following the event. French slides are available in advance of this event upon request; please email nccmt@mcmaster.ca.

Apply a health equity lens to evidence-informed public health

Join us for a discussion of methods and tools that can be used to support evidence-informed decision making in the context of health equity. Learn about resources to help you apply health equity principles to planning processes that contribute to evidence informed public health.

Hear examples from public health practitioners

We are pleased to host guest speakers from Niagara Region Public Health for a discussion on the use of the 10 promising practices to address health equity. This will include the results of a qualitative study to identify barriers and facilitators, and will provide recommendations for strengthening planning and implementation practice to improve health equity.

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Webinar series: Health equity tools for public health organizations and practitioners

As the number, variety, and scope of tools increases, practitioners may find it challenging to know which tools to use, how and when to use them, and what factors to consider in their application. Over the course of three webinars, we will explore the use and impact of health equity tools in public health practice. Each webinar in this series will feature guest advisors who will describe a tool, give examples how it is used, and discuss the impact on practice. 

WEBINAR SCHEDULE
(Please note: specific dates, topics, and guests will be revised closer to the date of each webinar. Stayed tuned to the events page or contact us for more information)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Design and modus operandi of a tool based on a reflexive approach (Reflex-ISS) to encourage the integration of equity into public health practices

Who should attend?

This webinar series is intended for public health stakeholders at all organizational levels and disciplines who are interested in health equity issues. People are encouraged to attend in groups and to invite community partners to stimulate conversation at the local level.

REGISTRATION

To register, click the link to an individual webinar.

Recommended reading:

ADDITIONAL NCCDH WORK RELATED TO TOOLS

We want to hear from you!
Do you have suggestions for topics that are central to your work? We’re always looking for new ideas and suggested presenters, so please be in touch! 

For more information, contact Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist.
 

NCCDH at World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2017

Are you attending the World Health Summit Regional Meeting - North America 2017 in Montreal, May 8-9? If so, join us for this NCCDH presentation:

May 8

3 – 4:30 p.m. EDT (Panel Discussion)

The Legacy of Ottawa Charter: Integrating Research and Public Health Practice (Room 3)

Chairs:

  • Prof. Dr. Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Centre & Associate Professor, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr. Louise Potvin, Professor at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health, Université de Montreal, Canada
  • Ph.D Lucie Richard, Director of the Institut de recherche en santé publique de l’Université de Montréal (IRSPUM), Canada

Speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Clare Bambra, Director of the Centre for Health and Inequalities Research, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
  • Connie Clement, Scientific Director at the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, Canada
  • Prof. Dr. Sarah Fraser, Clinical psychologist and professor at the school of Psychoeducation at Université de Montréal, Canada

For more information and to register, visit the World Health Summit website.

Webinar: Taking action on the root cause: Inadequate income and food insecurity

Food insecurity has physical, social, and mental health consequences. The level of household food insecurity is not only an indicator of how well adults and children are doing economically, it is also a social determinant of health equity. As the root cause of food insecurity is poverty, it would seem that the solutions would be income-focused. Yet public health practice is often focused on food skills and charity program models, which provide food access and support but do not address the material deprivation that creates food insecurity.

This webinar will focus on inadequate income as the root cause of food insecurity, and actions public health professionals can take to shift practice beyond food-focused initiatives and towards income-based policy solutions. We will hear about the role of public health in social justice issues, and what public health programs that address the root causes of food insecurity can look like. We will learn about the role public health can play in calculating a basic income rate and advocating for income-based policy change. We will also hear about examples of public health working in partnership with community organizations to identify and address risk factors for food insecurity in vulnerable neighborhoods. Guest experts will explore practical considerations for public health practice across professional disciplines, as well as “take home actions” for participants to consider in their daily practice. 

Presenters:

  • Tracy Woloshyn, Public Health Dietitian, York Region Public Health Services (Ontario)
  • Christine Johnson, Health Equity Lead, Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • Meghan Martin, Community Health Specialist, Fraser Health Authority (British Columbia)

Facilitator: Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH

Resources:

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For more information on this webinar, please contact Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH.

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.

Request for Proposals: Environmental scan in the area of the determinants of health for public health

In brief 

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) is seeking a consultant undertake an environmental scan, in collaboration with NCCDH staff and an expert advisory group. This scan will help guide the future work of the NCCDH, and also be written for use by the public health sector to guide public health planning. This work will include examples of public health and knowledge mobilization actions/interventions that work, as well as those deemed to be promising, in the context of current public health programs, policies and structures in Canada. The environmental scan will include, but is not limited to, the components listed below: 

  • Identification and review of key documents and literature (English and French);
  • Identification of and key informant interviews with public health leaders/stakeholders (a portion in French);
  • Analysis of promising areas for the NCCDH to enhance and support the work of public health practitioners, policy-makers and decision-makers across Canada in advancing health equity/social determinants of health; and,
  • Refinement of NCCDH primary and secondary audiences.

Resulting in a report, and executive summary, with sufficient information to guide the NCCDH in shaping the future direction of its activities; and an information package to facilitate the validation of the environmental scan.

Background: National Collaborating Centre for Public Health Program

Established in 2005 and funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada, the six National Collaborating Centres (NCCs) for Public Health work together to promote the use of scientific research and other knowledge to strengthen public health practices, programs and policies in Canada. A unique knowledge hub, the NCCs identify knowledge gaps, foster networks and provide the public health system with an array of evidence-based resources, multi-media products, and knowledge translation services. The NCCs are located across Canada, and each focuses on a different public health priority.

The six centres are:

  • NCC for Aboriginal Health at the University of Northern British Columbia, in Prince George
  • NCC for Determinants of Health at St. Francis Xavier University, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia
  • NCC for Healthy Public Policy at L'Institut national de santé publique du Québec, in Montreal
  • NCC for Environmental Health at the BC Centre for Disease Control, in Vancouver
  • NCC for Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg
  • NCC for Methods and Tools at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario

Background: National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

The NCCDH’s goal is that public health organizations and practitioners are enabled to effectively utilize available resources to advance social determinants of health and health equity, as a result of knowledge mobilization (KM) activities that are focused on actions/interventions that work.

The NCCDH does not perform research studies. Instead, we gather the evidence and information distributed by researchers and make it accessible to stakeholders such as public and population health practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and professional associations across Canada.  Our end goal is improved overall population health, and a smaller gap between the healthiest and least healthy, in Canada.

Our objectives are to:

  1.  Build public health practitioner knowledge, skill and leadership capacity, with a focus on modifying common public health practices and essential organizational roles/functions (at system, organization and front-line levels) to effectively mitigate and improve social determinants of health (SDH) and advance health equity (HE).
  2. Strengthen public health sector networks (community-of-practice) to support peer-to-peer and collaborative action to address SDH and advance HE.
  3. Encourage researchers to pursue theoretical and practice-based research that effectively integrates SDH and HE issues based on identified evidence gaps and promising and proven practices.

Environmental Scan of health equity/determinants of health methods and approaches in Public Health

The Consultant will work with an advisory committee to refine the following research questions that will help to guide the scan:

1. What is the current state of public health action in Canada to improve SDH and HE?

a. What are the current actions/interventions (practice and organization-based) being undertaken by public health?
b. What actions/interventions appear to be effective or showing promise?
c. What are the key challenges, needs and gaps?

2. Where are the opportunitites for public health action to improve SDH and HE?

a. Where are the key opportunities in relation to the 3 priority areas of the Common agenda for public health action on health equity (Build a foundation for action; Establish and use a strong knowledge base; Collaborate with non-health sector partners)
b. Who is well positioned to provide leadership among the various stakeholders to take advantage of the opportunities?

3. Where can NCCDH work most effectively to mobilize knowledge in relation to our three objectives (build knowledge, skill and leadership; strengthen networks; encourage research)?

a. What is the current niche for the NCCDH?  Who are the primary and secondary audiences (formal public health system, public health influencers and stakeholders) within this niche?
b. Where are the opportunities to refine our niche and audiences? What factors would help NCCDH stand out from our partners and competitors?
c. What KM tools would be most effective to reach and support our target audiences, including: virtual platforms, convening role/technology, and partnership improvement?

The deliverables for the environmental scan are outlined below:

  1. Environmental scan report.
  2. Executive summary report (standalone) of the environmental scan.
  3. Information package to facilitate the validation of the environmental scan, e.g. method description; sub-report of document and literature search, analysis and findings; sub-report of key informant interview guide and key informant interviews; detailing of resources newly identified; citation of references.

Proposal:

We require a detailed proposal with a cost estimate and projected timelines for the environmental scan that includes the above deliverables. The environmental scan will start no later than April and must be completed (final report submitted and accepted no later than September 22, 2017). Proposal should include:

  1. Proposed activities, cost estimates and timeline for the various components of the project.
  2. Resume of the primary person(s) responsible for the development and coordination of the plan.
  3. Access to two comparable reports (environmental scans) done for other groups.
  4. Three references and phone numbers of people for whom you have conducted environmental scans or similar assessments.

Role of the NCCDH:

The NCCDH will be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Choosing the consultant.
  2. Establishing an advisory committee.
  3. Approving plans and components of the environmental scan.
  4. Providing consultation, e.g. contributing to identification of key informants and key documents for review, including providing contact information.
  5. Providing translation of key informant and focus group invitations and interview guides.
  6. Providing translation of interview transcripts and all final reports.
  7. Providing timely review of draft reports; and, timely approvals of plans and reports.

Role of the Consultant

The successful consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Providing a plan with timeline for each component.
  2. Conducting these components with input from the advisory committee and NCCDH staff within the designated timeframe.
  3. Providing necessary staff to conduct interviews and focus group(s) in French.
  4. Providing all necessary staff and equipment to conduct the components of the environmental scan, including, but not limited to, recording capability, transcription, etc. as required.

Selection Criteria and Process

The following are the criteria we will use in the selection process:

  • Detailed plan and timeline (including projected costs for each component).
  • Potential for excellent working relationship.
  • Evidence of high standards in conduct of environmental scan and report writing.
  • Experience working with clients in public health or other related sector, knowledge of knowledge mobilization and system change, and familiarity with virtual environments and national scope.
  • Knowledge of health equity, social determinants of health, and social justice concepts.
  • Demonstration of capacity to engage with and learn from public health organizations and practitioners functioning in French and serving Francophone Canadians.
  • Strong recommendations from references.
  • Compliance with deadline.

The proposal will be reviewed in detail according to the above criteria. Selection will be made by April 10, 2017, and all applicants will be promptly notified.

If you have any questions, please contact Faith Layden at flayden@stfx.ca

Your electronic submission should be sent by 4:00 pm EST on March 31, 2017 to:
Faith Layden (flayden@stfx.ca)
 

Webinar: Design and modus operandi of a tool based on a reflexive approach (Reflex-ISS) to encourage the integration of equity into public health practices

  • Friday, March 17, 2017 (English) 1-2:00 EDT
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (French) 1-2:00 EDT

The REFLEX-ISS tool was created to help stakeholders identify and address social inequalities of health at every stage of their action to improve population health. This tool was recently adapted and tested in Quebec. Throughout a project life cycle, the tool helps galvanize conversation between stakeholders working in partnership. It builds on reflexive and meaningful professional practices through which stakeholders working together on an intervention can collectively consider how they are addressing social inequalities of health in their approach and explore potential improvements.

The webinar will be used to promote the tool, and examine how to apply it using the case example of the Montérégie (Québec) public health unit. We will also discuss the added value of the REFLEX-ISS tool as a collaborative approach to better address social inequalities of health in public health interventions.

Webinar participants will:

  • Learn how to use the tool, its application, structure, content, and general approach;
  • Know how it was adapted and tested in Quebec to meet the realities of different practice settings;
  • Understand the added value of the REFLEX-ISS tool, as well as relevant challenges, opportunities and steps;
  • Discuss barriers and facilitators of a reflexive approach to reduce social inequalities of health;
  • Question the tool’s application in their work environment: facilitators, barriers, successes;
  • Interact with professionals involved in the design and field testing of the tool;
  • Share their experience in terms of actions to address social inequalities of health.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Anne Guichard, Assistant Professor, Community Health, Faculty of Nursing, Laval University
  • Ginette Lafontaine, MSc, President of the Americas Chapter, Réseau francophone international pour la promotion de la santé (RÉFIPS), and Teaching Assistant, Microprogram in Public Health, University of Montreal
  • Dr. Kareen Nour, Manager, Threat Management and Environmental Health, Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-Centre/Public Health Department, and Clinical Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Montreal

Facilitator: Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH

Design and modus operandi of a tool based on a reflexive approach (Reflex-ISS) to encourage the integration of equity into public health practices

 

To register for the webinar in English, click here.

Pour vous inscrire au webinaire en français, cliquez ici

Webinaire : Intersectionnalité et équité en santé : exploration des possibilités en matière de politiques et de pratiques en santé publique

Presented by the National Collaborating Centres for Determinants of Health and Healthy Public Policy.

This webinar will be delivered in English on December, 12, 2016 at 1-2:30 p.m. EST under the title, “Intersectionality and health equity: exploring opportunities for public health practice and policy”. Click here to register for the webinar in English.

Intersectionality is an approach that puts forward the idea that multiple social positions (e.g., age, culture, (dis)ability, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, immigrant status, race, sexual orientation, social class, and religion) intersect at the level of individual experience to reflect multiple interlocking/intersecting systems of privilege and oppression at the macro, social-structural level (e.g., racism, sexism, heterosexism). With its focus on multiple historically oppressed populations, alongside an explicit analysis and intervention on systems of power and privilege, intersectionality is a natural fit for equity-oriented public health practice and policy. 

An intersectionality-based framework fosters a deep understanding of the lived experiences of marginalized populations and explores the complexities of health inequities.  Furthermore embracing intersectionality will help  practitioners better identify public health problems and generate meaningful and lasting solutions.

This webinar will introduce participants to the concept of intersectionality and discuss opportunities to incorporate intersectionality into the theory, design, analysis, and interpretation of public health actions to improve health equity. This will be of particular interest for those seeking to influence the structural determinants of health/causes-of-the-causes.

The presenters will discuss their understanding of intersectionality and how it can be applied in public health practice, policy and research focused on the social determinants of health and health equity. They will identify opportunities to better integrate an intersectional lens into various aspects of equity-oriented public health activity.

Presenters:

  • Nathalie Sasseville, Professor of Social Work, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 
  • Dr. Catherine Flynn, Associate Professor, Department of Psychosociology and Social Work, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
  • Dr. Chantal Maillé, Professor, Simone de Beauvoir Institute & Womens Studies, Concordia University

Facilitators:

  • Val Morrison, Research Officer, NCCHPP
  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH

Click here to register.

Resources

 Watch and listen to a recording of the webinar (in French). Duration: 1 hour. Format: YouTube video. 

Webinar: Intersectionality and health equity: Exploring opportunities for public health practice and policy

Presented by the National Collaborating Centres for Determinants of Health and Healthy Public Policy.

This webinar will also be delivered in French on December 13, 2016 at 1-2:00 p.m. EST.

Watch and listen to a recording of the webinar. Duration: 1.5 hours. Format: YouTube video

Intersectionality is an approach that puts forward the idea that multiple social positions (e.g., age, culture, (dis)ability, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, immigrant status, race, sexual orientation, social class, and religion) intersect at the level of individual experience to reflect multiple interlocking/intersecting systems of privilege and oppression at the macro, social-structural level (e.g., racism, sexism, heterosexism). With its focus on multiple historically oppressed populations, alongside an explicit analysis and intervention on systems of power and privilege, intersectionality is a natural fit for equity-oriented public health practice and policy.

An intersectionality-based framework fosters a deep understanding of the lived experiences of marginalized populations and explores the complexities of health inequities.  Furthermore embracing intersectionality will help  practitioners better identify public health problems and generate meaningful and lasting solutions.

This webinar will introduce participants to the concept of intersectionality and discuss opportunities to incorporate intersectionality into the theory, design, analysis, and interpretation of public health actions to improve health equity. This will be of particular interest for those seeking to influence the structural determinants of health/causes-of-the-causes.

The presenters will discuss their understanding of intersectionality and how it can be applied in public health practice, policy and research focused on the social determinants of health and health equity. They will identify opportunities to better integrate an intersectional lens into various aspects of equity-oriented public health activity.

Presenters:

  • Natalie Clark, Violence Counsellor and Associate Professor, Faculty of Education and Social Work, Thompson Rivers University
  • Ruth Cameron, Executive Director, AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo and Area
  • Samiya Abdi, Health promotion consultant, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Public Health Ontario
  • Dr. Olena Hankivsky, Professor & Director, Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy, Simon Fraser University

Facilitators: 

  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH
  • Val Morrison, Research Officer, NCCHPP

Click here to register.

Resources

 

  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

Webinar: Moving from equity of care to equity of outcomes - Strengthening organizational and health system performance to report and act on the social determinants of health

This is the third in a four-part webinar series exploring current Canadian issues associated with equity-integrated population health status reporting, equity indicators, local data and health equity outcomes. The focus is on data to drive community action to improve health equity. Each webinar features special guests to showcase the diversity of strategies and approaches being undertaken across Canada. 

This webinar will explore “accreditation” and health equity from two different perspectives. We will learn about:

  • How health equity has been integrated into the standards of the U.S. Public Health Accreditation Board and what has been learned during the first 3 years of implementation.
  • The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s (WRHA) experience participating in an accreditation process focused on their “Population Health and Wellness Standard” as part of their health equity work.

The presenters will be asked to reflect on the role of quality improvement and accreditation processes to support action on health inequity.

Presenters:

  • Robin Wilcox, Chief Program Officer, Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)
  • Sharon Kuropatwa, Community Area Director and Director for Housing, Supports and Services Integration, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA)
  • Jo-Ann Julien, Health Planning and Program Specialist, Public Health Services, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency

Facilitators:

  • Lesley Dyck, NCCDH knowledge translation specialist
  • Dianne Oickle, NCCDH knowledge translation specialist

Who should attend?

This webinar is intended for public health stakeholders at all levels working in public health organizations on health equity issues. Cross-disciplinary groups are encouraged to attend to stimulate conversation at the local level.

Click here to register.

For more information on the webinars in this series, please contact Lesley Dyck, NCCDH knowledge translation specialist.

Watch and listen to a recording of the webinar. Duration: 1.5 hours. Format: YouTube video. 

Webinar: Inequalities cost. How can economic analysis help us find solutions?

This webinar will explore:

  • Data about overall Canadian health care costs and predictions for the next decade (societal trends)
  • Data about how much health inequalities cost the Canadian health system and issues of data gathering, analysis and inference
  • Examples of research and practice supporting greater investment in the determinants of health
  • The importance of pilot projects in exploring the potential for reducing inequities, improving health and reducing costs
  • Arguments for changing how we proportion health care dollars

This webinar presents the findings of two new reports and a renowned health program that addresses social inequity and its impact on health

Advisors on tap:

  • Andrea Long, Acting Senior Policy Analyst, Social Determinants and Science Integration Directorate, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Olga Milliken, PhD, Economist, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Jeff Turnbull, Chief, Clinical Quality, Health Quality Ontario
  • Karen Fish, Knowledge translation specialist, NCCDH

Click here to register.

 Watch and listen to a recording of the webinar. Duration: 1.5 hours. Format: YouTube video. 

Call for NCCDH advisory board members

The NCCDH is seeking two individuals, one being a graduate or post-grad student, to serve on our advisory board.

The NCCDH’s advisory board provides guidance and insight to our scientific director, and contributes to NCCDH projects. In return, board members deepen their networks with other strategic change makers, increase their knowledge of equity-focused public health, and experience the satisfaction of contributing to important work. The board meets two or three times per year (once in person, at least once by teleconference). Meetings and related documents are in English.

Our ideal candidates:

  • Are committed to public health and passionate about reducing health inequities;
  • Recognize how the ‘right’ knowledge and skills can be used to improve population health equity;
  • Are strategic, big picture thinkers, yet are pragmatic enough to bring a ‘let’s do it’ approach;
  • Bring an understanding of pan-Canadian perspectives and diversity;
  • Are invigorated by concepts such as complexity, knowledge translation, social justice, intersectionality, collective impact, and health gradient;
  • Have leadership experience and have served on boards and/or contributed to committees/planning groups in the past.

The student candidate must be studying at a Masters, PhD or post-doctorate level during the 2016-17 academic year. The selected student board member will be studying public health; a public health discipline-specialty such as nursing, nutrition, dentistry or medicine; or a field that will be applied within public health such as health promotion, policy analysis, epidemiology or community development.

NCCDH celebrates diversity and especially welcomes applications from Indigenous persons, people of colour, Francophones, and individuals who were raised or make their home in Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, or Newfoundland and Labrador.

The two selected board members will begin a three-year term in the fall of 2016. The board will meet in person on November 7 and 8, tentatively in Winnipeg. Costs are covered by the NCCDH.

Those interested should submit a resume/CV and a two-page maximum cover letter, in English or French, explaining why they are interested in becoming an advisory board member, and what they would contribute if selected, to Shim Pang at nccdh@stfx.ca. Deadline for applications is September 11, 2016.

Webinar: Trends in income-related health inequalities - How data is being connected to interventions to drive community action

This is the second in a four-part webinar series exploring current Canadian issues associated with equity-integrated population health status reporting, equity indicators, local data and health equity outcomes. The focus is on data to drive community action to improve health equity. Each webinar features special guests to showcase the diversity of strategies and approaches being undertaken across Canada. 

This webinar will focus on two examples of how equity reporting is connecting to interventions to drive action on addressing health inequities. It will showcase the Trends in Income-Related Health Inequalities in Canada report from CIHI, as well as the recent The Unequal City 2015 report by Toronto Public Health.

This webinar will explore:

  • The Trends in Income-Related Health Inequalities in Canada report from CIHI, including a quick demonstration of the E-Tool and a discussion of the approach to finding and including evidence-based interventions, with a focus on diabetes.
  • The Unequal City 2015 report by Toronto Public Health and how it was used, along with other local health equity data, to support the development of diabetes prevention interventions to address health equity issues in Toronto.

Advisors on tap:

  • Erin Pichora is a Program Lead with the Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). CPHI carries out research and analysis, evidence synthesis and performance measurement with the aim of supporting policy makers and health system managers in their efforts to improve population health and reduce health inequalities in Canada. As part of this team, Erin played a lead role in the development the Trends in Income-related Health Inequalities Canada project released in 2015. She is currently involved in stakeholder engagement activities to advance the measurement of equity in healthcare in Canada. Prior to joining CIHI in 2010, Erin worked as an Epidemiologist with the Populations Studies and Surveillance branch at Cancer Care Ontario.
  • Erika Khandor is an epidemiologist at Toronto Public Health. Her work focuses on health equity, the health status of marginalized populations and the social determinants of health. Projects she has recently worked on have explored the relationships between income, immigration, aging and health.  Erika holds a Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) degree in public health (health promotion) from the University of Toronto. Before working at Toronto Public Health, she conducted community-based research, advocacy, program planning and evaluation in community-based organizations.
  • Lisa Swimmer is a Manager of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention with Toronto Public Health and a Registered Dietitian.  Her areas of work have included diabetes prevention, heart health, student nutrition, early childhood nutrition, healthy public policy and menu labelling. Prior to working in the public health system, she worked as a Food Access Coordinator and Community Dietitian at a Community Health Centre. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition and completed a Master of Health Science in Community Nutrition at the University of Toronto.

Facilitators:

  • Lesley Dyck, NCCDH knowledge translation specialist
  • Dianne Oickle, NCCDH knowledge translation specialist

Who should attend?

This webinar is intended for public health stakeholders at all levels working in public health organizations on health equity issues. Cross-disciplinary groups are encouraged to attend to stimulate conversation at the local level.

Click here to register.

For more information on the webinars in this series, please contact Lesley Dyck, NCCDH knowledge translation specialist.

Webinar: Mapping equity - Using data mapping to drive cross-sector collaboration

This is the first in a four-part webinar series exploring current Canadian issues associated with equity-integrated population health status reporting, equity indicators, local data and health equity outcomes. The focus is on data to drive community action to improve health equity. Each webinar features special guests to showcase the diversity of strategies and approaches being undertaken across Canada. 

This webinar will focus on two examples of how mapping equity indicators has supported intersectoral collaboration between public health and municipal planners, and between public health and primary health care. It will introduce the Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health (CCSDH) resource, “Maps to Inform Intersectoral Planning and Action.”

This webinar will explore:

  • The CommunityView Collaboration data sharing tool developed jointly by the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority and the City of Saskatoon.
  • Local public health and primary care partnership in advancing health equity and SDOH in the Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington region (Ontario), including the SDOH Mapper

Advisors on tap:

  • Bill Holden is a senior planner in the City of Saskatoon Community Services Department, Planning and Development Branch. He manages the Mapping and Research Group, which is responsible for developing and reporting information relevant to land use and community development. Bill is also coordinator of the Community View Collaboration: Building Evidence for Action website (CVC), a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Quality of Life Reporting System technical team, and the community co-director of the Community University Institute of Social Research (CUISR) in Saskatoon. He is responsible for upholding the City of Saskatoon’s 25 year commitment to maintaining neighbourhood based information for evidence-informed decision-making.
  • Dr. Kieran Moore is the associate medical officer of health with KFL&A Public Health. He has extensive experience in surveillance systems for bioterrorism and outbreak detection, public health, pre-hospital care, and multidisciplinary research projects. His main areas of interest are the evaluation of various data streams for the early detection of outbreaks, as well as the assessment of deprivation distribution in populations. His work with the Queen’s University Public Health Informatics Team (QPHI) Acute Care and Health Care Worker absenteeism real-time surveillance system and provincial Telehealth data have been published in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, the European Journal of Emergency Medicine, Advances in Disease Surveillance, and the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

Facilitators:

  • Dianne Oickle, NCCDH knowledge translation specialist
  • Lesley Dyck, NCCDH knowledge translation specialist

Who should attend?

This webinar is intended for public health stakeholders at all levels working in public health organizations on health equity issues. Cross-disciplinary groups are encouraged to attend to stimulate conversation at the local level.

Click here to register.

For more information on the webinars in this series, please contact Lesley Dyck, NCCDH knowledge translation specialist.


 

Webinar series 2016: Equity reporting in action

Over the course of four webinars, we will explore current Canadian issues associated with equity-integrated population health status reporting, equity indicators, local data and health equity outcomes.  The series will focus on data to drive community action to improve health equity.

Each webinar will feature special guests to showcase the diversity of strategies and approaches being undertaken across Canada. Guests and facilitators will bridge research and practice in public health, building on the ‘Assess and report’ resources already available in the NCCDH Resource Library.

WEBINAR SCHEDULE
(Please note, topics and guests will be revised closer to the date of each webinar. Contact us for more information)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 
Mapping Equity: using data mapping to drive cross-sector collaboration

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Trends in income-related health inequalities: How data is being connected to interventions to drive community action

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Moving from equity of care to equity of outcomes: Strengthening organizational and health system performance to report and act on the social determinants of health

  • Showcasing current approaches being undertaken by provincial quality councils and accreditation processes to integrate health equity issues

Theme: Observatory system: Is it time to revisit an investment in the necessary infrastructure?

  • Showcasing current provincial level population health data strategies and the development of “virtual” observatories

This webinar has been postponed. The date will be confirmed shortly.

Who should attend?

This webinar series is intended for public health stakeholders at all levels working in public health organizations on health equity issues. Cross-disciplinary groups are encouraged to attend to stimulate conversation at the local level.

REGISTRATION

To register, click the link to each individual webinar.

Recommended reading:

  1. Purposeful reporting for health equity
  2. The role of public health
  3. The importance of local data
  4. Learning together
  5. Using data to drive change

We want to hear from you!
Do you have suggestions for topics that are central to your work? We’re always looking for new ideas and suggested presenters, so please be in touch! 

For more information, contact Lesley Dyck, Knowledge Translation Specialist.
 

Webinar: Can a guaranteed annual income help level the playing field?

Guaranteed annual income (also called basic income guarantee) is experiencing a resurgence as a public policy approach to improving economic and social wellbeing. Analysis of data from the MINCOME study, in which Manitoba residents (in Dauphin and some parts of Winnipeg) were guaranteed an annual income, has been very influential for policy makers considering basic income support as a population-level intervention. Public health agencies and associations have expressed their support for guaranteed annual income, and the Government of Ontario recently announced that it will fund a pilot basic income project in the province.

This webinar will focus on the effects of guaranteed income policies on wellbeing. It will also explore the role of public health actors in supporting guaranteed income policies.

This webinar is the first in a three part series on the evidence, rationale and support for policies and interventions regarding the everyday living and working conditions that affect health.

Part 1 & 2 of this series will be also be offered in French. Click here to receive notification of the French webinars.

Advisors on tap:

Evelyn Forget, BA, MA, PhD
Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
Academic Director of the Manitoba Research Data Centre

Lisa Simon, MD MPH CCFP FRCPC
Associate Medical Officer of Health, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
alPHa/OPHA Health Equity Work Group

Facilitator:

Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Hons BSc, MHSc
Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)

Click here to register.

NCCDH at TOPHC 2016

Are you attending The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) in Toronto? If so, join us for this NCCDH presentation:

Day 2 – Tuesday, April 5th 2016 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Advocacy and economic arguments: Opportunities and challenges

  • Presented by Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, NCC for Determinants of Health (Workshop, Room TBD)

Follow us on Twitter @NCCDH_CCNDS! We will be tweeting using the hashtag #TOPHC2016.

You can also connect in person with Pemma Muzumdar, NCCPH communications coordinator, at the NCCs for Public Health outreach booth to hear news from all six NCCs.

For more information, including the full conference program, event blog, and registration details, visit the TOPHC 2016 website.

  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

Call for applications - Knowledge translation graduate student awards

Each year, the six NCCs for Public Health recognize the work of graduate students regarding knowledge translation (KT) in public health in Canada. Up to three awards will be given annually at the CPHA Annual Conference, Public Health 2016. Travel, accommodation and registration fees will be covered up to a maximum of $1,500.

Eligibility

Applications are open to students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program (full or part-time) OR students who completed a graduate degree in the last 12 months. Applicants must be students at a Canadian academic institution, and in a discipline relevant to public health.

To download the application form, click here. Please note that the deadline for applications is March 28, 2016.

For further information, please contact Donna Ciliska at ciliska@mcmaster.ca. 

Webinar: Public health discipline-specific competencies - Do they guide equity-focused practice?

This webinar will look at the inclusion of the social determinants of health (SDH), health equity and social justice in public health discipline specific competencies to support action on health equity.  Guest speakers will discuss the impact of competencies on front-line public health practice, what supports the translation of equity and SDH content of competencies into program and policy decisions, and how these factors can frame workforce capacity to address health equity.

This webinar will explore:

  • How Canada compares in using competencies to further public health action to advance health equity
  • How professional associations can embed the concepts of health equity, SDH, and social justice more explicitly into discipline-specific competencies
  • Options to strengthen public health competencies across disciplines to ensure action on the SDH, and health equity
  • The role of competencies to take health equity beyond individual professional responsibility and support organizational direction to address health equity

Advisors on tap:

Claire Betker, Program Director, Population Health & Health Equity, Manitoba Health

Kevin Churchill, Manager, Health Promotion, County of Lambton

Phi Phan, Provincial Manager, Safe Healthy Environments, Alberta Health Services 

Facilitators:

Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)

Karen Fish, Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)

Who should attend?

This webinar will be of interest to regional and local health authorities, provincial/territorial/national organizations, health professional regulatory bodies, health professional training programs, policy makers, and public health practitioners at all levels working to address the determinants of health and health equity in Canada.

Click here to register.

Recommended reading:

4th Annual Social Determinants of Health Nurses In-Person Meeting

Organized by the Social Determinant of Health Public Health Nurse Network with support from the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

This is a scent-free event.

Across Ontario public health units, nurses are playing a leadership role in advancing the social determinants of health and health equity. The purpose of this annual gathering of Social determinants of health nurses is to support learning, knowledge exchange and networking.

The meeting objectives are to:

  • Identify strategies for advocacy at the municipal level
  • Explore strategies and tools for thriving in your SDOH role and support renewed motivation for your work
  • Gain knowledge of colleagues’ activities and tools they have developed
  • Connect with those doing similar work

The full day event will include presentations, story sharing and interactive sessions on strategies to address the SDH and health equity in public health organizations.

Who should attend:

The workshop is tailored for social determinants of health nurses. It is however open to all public health practitioners in working on the social determinants of health and health equity.

Speakers:

  • Joe Mihevc, Toronto City Councilor & Toronto Board of Health Member
  • Pegeen Walsh, Executive Director, Ontario Public Health Association
  • SDH PHNs

Planning Team:

  • Alison Dunn, Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
  • Jennifer Schnitzer, Toronto Public Health
  • Julie Hill, Region of Waterloo Public Health
  • Lisa Brankley, North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit
  • Margaret MacDonald, Eastern Ontario Health Unit
  • Marilyn King, Huron County Health Unit
  • Monica Banz, Grey Bruce Public Health Unit
  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health 

Registration: $75 (breakfast and lunch provided)

Registration closes on March 22nd at noon. Click here to register.

Webinar: Acting across sectors - frameworks for moving forward on the social determinants of health

Frameworks are often used to visually represent complex ideas or concepts. Numerous frameworks exist to help explain the relationship between the social determinants and health experiences and outcomes. The Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Health, a multi sectoral council commissioned a review of existing frameworks to identify those that support action across multiple sectors.

The review provides in-depth analysis of the seven frameworks deemed most useful for the purposes of leveraging action across sectors. These frameworks and the accompanying analysis can help shift public health practice towards more intersectoral, development-oriented upstream approaches.

The webinar will:

  • Explore components of relevant frameworks that support action across sectors
  • Highlight the use of selected frameworks in practice and policy settings
  • Discuss future directions for the development and application of frameworks

Advisors on tap:

Connie Clement, Scientific Director, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

Joey Edwardh, Executive Director, Community Development Halton

Dr. Trevor Hancock, Professor and Senior Scholar, School of Public Health and Social Policy University of Victoria

Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

Click here to register.

Resource:

Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health. (2015). A Review of Frameworks on the Determinants of Health. Ottawa, ON: Author www.ccsdh.ca

  • Presenters:
  • Connie Clement
    Connie Clement

    Connie Clement, BSc

    Scientific Director

    Connie Clement joined the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) in January 2011. Previously, Connie was the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Toronto, a venture philanthropy collaborative, and Health Nexus/Nexus Santé, Canada’s premiere health promotion consultancy. She was Director of Planning and Policy at Toronto Public Health when six public health units merged, and previously held varied health promotion and sexual health management and front-line positions. Connie holds a BSc in Biology/Sociology from Trent University.

    cclement@stfx.ca
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

NCCDH Presents Dr. Ryan Meili Public Lecture Series

The National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health (NCCDH) has invited Dr. Ryan Meili to present a series of public lectures in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Dr. Meili is the executive director of Upstream, a Saskatoon-based non-profit that works to reframe public discourse around addressing the social determinants of health in order to build a healthier society. He is also a community physician, author and professor.

Ryan will be presenting March 1st, 2016 at Crowne Plaza Fredericton, March 2nd at St.FX University and March 3rd at Dalhousie University. The lecture being delivered is called, “Building a Healthy Society: Upstream Action for Equity.”

His talks in Nova Scotia will promote leadership in addressing the social determinants of health, health equity and ‘upstream’ thinking as a movement to support the improvement of population health.

Components of the talk will be Ryan’s personal story of leadership, how the concept of working ‘upstream’ applies to student’s future careers as professionals and understanding the health advocate role.

In N.B., Ryan will explore the role of government in addressing the social determinants of health and reducing health inequities. He will help staff within the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Social and Economic Inclusion Corporation to share projects and build partnerships around policy and program interventions.

 

Fredericton, N.B.

Title: Building a Healthy New Brunswick: Acting Together for Equity

Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Location: Crowne Plaza Fredericton – 659 Queen St., Fredericton, N.B.

Presenters:

Dr. Ryan Meili – Founding director of Upstream, family physician, author and assistant professor based in Saskatoon.

Lucie Chiasson – Registered Dietician, Regional Wellness Consultant for the Miramichi/Kent region, Wellness Branch, Department of Social Development.

Isabella Imperatori – Community Inclusion Network Coordinator, Region 7 (Miramichi), Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation.

A representative of the New Brunswick Community Harvest Garden.

Language: English

Link to event: www.healthyNB.eventbrite.ca

 

StFX University

Title: Building a Healthy Society: Upstream Action for Equity

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7 - 8:15 p.m.

Location: Schwartz Auditorium, StFX University Campus, Antigonish, N.S.

Presenter: Dr. Ryan Meili – Founding director of Upstream, family physician, author and professor based in Saskatoon.

Language: English

 

Dalhousie University

Title: Health Care Teams Addressing Poverty and the Determinants of Health

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 5 – 7 p.m.

Location: Theatre A, Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building – 5850 College St., Halifax, N.S. Room 105, Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick – 100 Tucker Park Rd., Saint John, N.B. (This will be a satellite site. The Dal Halifax presentation will be broadcast here via videoconference).

Presenters:

Dr. Ryan Meili - Founding director of Upstream, family physician, author and professor based in Saskatoon

Dr. Cindy Forbes – President, Canadian Medical Association

Dr. Barb Hamilton-Hinch – Assistant Professor, Dalhousie School of Health and Human Performance

Language: English

Link to event: https://upstreamactiondalmed.eventbrite.ca

StFX Canada Research Chair

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) is pleased to announce that our host organization, StFX University, has created a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) position in Health Equity & Social Justice. The Chair will build on initiatives already underway at StFX, including the work of the NCCDH.

StFX is seeking a leader to orchestrate an original and high quality research program focused on the social determinants of health for marginalized populations. Preference will be given to those candidates interested in working with Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotians.

Applications will be accepted beginning February 15, 2016. Please note applications should include a curriculum vita, a description of the proposed research program, and a summary of experience with mentorship and training. The complete job advertisement can be found at: http://sites.stfx.ca/hr/aut_opportunities/

Webinar: Communicating for change as a component of strategic communications in public health. Talking about how where we live, work and play affects health

Public awareness of and support for the social determinants of health (SDH) can be a key driver for policy change to improve everyday living conditions and promote more equitable distribution of power and resources for health. Over the past few years there has been a concerted effort by a range of organizations to develop effective communication tools and resources which reflect the realities of the local context that will engage Canadians on the concepts of the SDH and health equity. Communicators within public health agencies have a unique role to play to effectively convey the relationship between the socioeconomic environment and health both internally and with external stakeholders.

This webinar will explore:

  • public perception of the social determinants of health in the Canadian context
  • the relationship between public opinion and policy change
  • principles to improve communications on the social determinants of health
  • integrating key principles of SDH and health equity into strategic communications
  • principles to develop messages that consider the complexity and value-laden characteristics of these concepts

This webinar is for communicators with responsibility for strategic and health communications in public health organizations.

Advisors on Tap:

Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH

Others TBC

With the support of the Ontario Association of Public Health Communicators

To register for this webinar click here.

Resources:

Webinar: Housing, health equity and opportunities for public health

This webinar will look at the direct effect of housing conditions on health, how exposures to risk conditions impact vulnerabilities and consequences experienced by populations, and why this is an important public health concern.  Guest speakers will highlight intersectoral research initiatives that consider the impact of housing conditions on health, and describe various roles that public health can play to address these issues. Public health involvement in community engaged health promotion and regulatory jurisdiction to address housing will both be explored. 


With our special guests we will explore:

• Housing as an upstream social determinant of health and how it intersects with other determinants to impact health equity
• Research to address housing related environmental health risks
• Practice-based examples to illustrate how public health can be involved in housing related issues
• Cross-sectoral collaboration as an opportunity to address housing related risks to health

Advisors on tap:

Erica Phipps
Executive Director
Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and the Environment (CPCHE)

Vittoria Vecchiarelli
Senior Public Health Inspector
Health Hazard Prevention and Management, Regional Municipality of York

Rebecca Johnson
Environmental Health Officer
Vulnerable Populations Coordinator, Alberta Health Services

Facilitators:

Dianne Oickle
Knowledge Translation Specialist,
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)


Karen Fish
Knowledge Translation Specialist,
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)

Who should attend?
This webinar will be of interest to regional and local health authorities, provincial/territorial/national organizations, researchers, policy makers, government departments, public health practitioners at all levels, and intersectoral partners working to address the determinants of health and health equity in Canada.

Registration Link

 

Recommended reading:

Let’s Talk:  Moving Upstream

Housing Need in Canada:  Healthy Lives Start at Home

Pathways to improving well-being for Indigenous peoples: How living conditions decide health
 

 

Continuing down the path: doing the work of improving health equity and addressing the challenges of organizational change

“Like most health units, we have a long history of caring deeply about the well-being of disadvantaged populations, but we didn’t carry out health equity or priority population work in a formal or consistent manner.  Now, that work is becoming more purposeful, more consistent, more comfortable, and more routine.” – Dr. Lisa Simon, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

This webinar will further explore the stories of the Ontario public health units who shared their experience of purposefully integrating health equity into their work, as documented in the case study The Path Taken: Developing organizations capacity for improving health equity in four Ontario health units.

The case study documents how each featured health unit approached health equity in its own unique fashion and provides a summary of success factors and potential tensions common across each organization. 
Guest presenters will describe what the success factors look like in their organization, and how they are tackling their top two potential tensions.  We will also explore the implications for public health organizational capacity in Ontario and other jurisdictions in Canada based on the Organizational Capacity for Public Health Equity Action (OC-PHEA) framework (Cohen et al., 2013).

With our special guests we will explore:
1. How have the success factors been important in advancing the work in each health unit?  Were these factors identified as important in the early stages of organizational capacity building or did they emerge over time?  Do they all continue to be important?
2. Of the six potential tensions identified in the case study, which have been the most important and how has the health unit responded?  Have any of the tensions been resolved?  How was this done?  Are new tensions emerging as the organization develops?
3. How does the OC-PHEA framework help us recognize success factors and address potential tensions? What can we learn from these experiences that will strengthen the OC-PHEA framework and application in public health jurisdictions outside of Ontario? 

Who should attend?
Public health practitioners at all levels will benefit from hearing practical stories about building public health capacity to do the work of improving health equity.


Guest presenters:

Marty Mako – Health Promoter, Public Health, Niagara Region

Dr. Benita Cohen – University of Manitoba

Jennifer Johnston - Public Health Nurse / Health Promotion Specialist, Social Determinants of Health & Health Equity, Healthy Schools Department, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit


Facilitator:

Lesley Dyck, MA
Knowledge Translation Specialist,
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)

Register here.

Canadian Actions to Advance Work on Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health

This webinar will highlight the recent report titled “Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health:  A Snapshot of Canadian Actions 2015” and will include guest speakers on the history and development of this report.  In addition, a case highlighted in the report titled “Overcoming Poverty Together:  The New Brunswick Social and Economic Inclusion Plan 2014-19” will be described as an example of work happening across sectors to address social and economic influences on health and equity.

With our special guests we will explore:

·         Activities undertaken across levels of government and sectors to advance health equity and address social determinants of health in Canada
·         Themes of the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health and their application to public health work in Canada
·         Critical components for the sustainability of public health action to address health equity

Advisors on tap:

Mana Herel
Manager of Health Equity Integration
Social Determinants and Science Integration Directorate
Public Health Agency of Canada

Erica DiRuggiero
Deputy Scientific Director
CIHR-Institute of Population and Public Health

Stéphane Leclair
Executive Director
New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation


Facilitators:

Dianne Oickle
Knowledge Translation Specialist,
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)
 


Who should attend?
This webinar will be of interest to regional and local health authorities, provincial/territorial/national organizations, researchers, policy makers, government departments, public health practitioners at all levels, and intersectoral partners working to address the determinants of health and health equity in Canada.


Recommended reading:

Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health:  A Snapshot of Canadian Actions 2015

Overcoming Poverty Together:  The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan


Register here.

Ontario forum: A strong voice

The Ontario Public Health Association’s fall forum will take place Oct 29, Chestnut Conference Centre, downtown Toronto. Sub-titled enhance advocacy. Shift policy. Impact society, the forum combines speakers and workshops.The NCCDH will deliver a workshop at the forum about framing an issue for effective influence. Click here to register.

Seven key societal investments for health equity: Scotland, the UK, and Canada Compared

NCCDH with the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre, Dalhousie University and IWK, is hosting a public talk by Dr. John Frank, of University Edinburgh and past scientific director of the Institute for Population & Public Health, CIHR. Dr. Frank will discuss evidence of the impact of seven key societal-level investments—made within and outside the health sector— that were expected to improve health equity across socio-economic levels. Dr. Frank will show these largely upstream investments have and have not affected health in Scotland, England and Wales, and Canada.

Monitoring Trends in Health Inequality in Canada

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is hosting a web conference to share information on the importance of examining health inequality trends over time in Canada, with a focus on measuring and interpreting analytical result to inform action on reducing inequalities.

Presenters will include CIHI staff and guest speaker Nancy McPherson, Population Health Planner Analyst from Prairie Mountain Health, Manitoba.

During this webinar, participants will be introduced to:
·         CIHI’s forthcoming “Trends in Income-Related Health Inequalities” products
·         Trends in inequality for a key set of health indicators, including how to interpret indicator trends by income level and measures of inequalities over time
·         Approaches to translating health inequality data into knowledge that can inform action

This webinar is intended for anyone with an interest in monitoring and addressing the health impacts of income inequality in Canada.

This webinar is free but requires participants to log-in to CIHI’s Learning Centre and register by November 25, 2015.  If you already have a username, you can go directly to the Learning Centre to register: https://learning.cihi.ca/users/index.aspx. If you don’t know or have forgotten your username, you need to contact the education department at education@cihi.ca.

Health equity in an era of reform: acting locally through citizen engagement & intersectoral action

19es Journées annuelles de santé publique.  This session will be held in French.

This session is co-hosted by the Quebec Population Health Research Network, the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

The think tank is a new concept developed for JASP 2015. Its objective is to share knowledge and ultimately develop the most practical solutions to complex issues inherent to public health. This session will start with a presentation of a real life case, followed by small group discussions. Experts will be invited to provide insight and comment on what emerged from discussions.

Reducing social inequalities of health (SIH) is a fundamental value and drives everyday efforts in public health. To do so, it is critical to act on daily life conditions of individuals (e.g., transportation, housing, school success) and to work in partnership with citizens and a variety of intersectoral actors from the community, i.e. the new centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS; health unit), municipalities, local employment centre, school boards, libraries, community organizations, etc.

In this era of profound structural changes in Quebec, particularly in the health and social services sector, it is important to adapt and align collaboration approaches accordingly. Local and regional development dynamics are shifting tremendously and provide opportunities to work together in identifying how we can build on our strengths and work towards reducing SIH. Creation of a single health and social services unit in each region (the CISSS) leads us to reflect on public health interventions that will target specific areas with the objective of efficiently working intersectorally and fostering citizen engagement.

This think tank will provide a breeding ground for ideas. It will help us identify, based on a case study, new ways of promoting the development and sustainability of supportive, fair and inclusive communities with a view to reduce SIH. Participants of different backgrounds are invited to enrich discussions and to share their knowledge gained through research, experience, actions, and management. 

This event is for practitioners, managers, and researchers of various sectors, including education, municipal governments and public health. An interdisciplinary audience would be desirable for a wealth of experiences and ideas to be shared.

More specifically, at the end of the session, participants will have the capacity to:
• recognize issues related to reducing SIH at the regional level;
• identify, in this new context, key levers that would facilitate intersectoral action and citizen engagement;
• develop a course of action to accelerate reduction of SIH at the regional level.

The full program is available at: http://jasp.inspq.qc.ca/2015-laboratoires-d-idees-equite-en-sante-a-l-heure-des-reformes.aspx 

  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

Upstream Action for Health Equity and Social Justice

The Public Health Association of Nova Scotia (PHANS) is pleased to host this event in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health.

Objectives:

  • To enhance participants’ knowledge and practical capacity to work together to advance social justice and equity.
  • To promote networking opportunities by providing an interactive environment for sharing and learning.
  • To increase the use of evidence-based tools and approaches to support health equity and social justice.

Outcomes:

  • Participants will have a greater understanding and practical knowledge of:
  • Potential partners in health equity and social justice work.
  • Strategies to advocate for a social justice and equity focus in day-to-day practice and public policy.
  • How health equity approaches can be applied in practice.
  • How to frame and communicate health equity and social justice to various audiences.


Who Will Attend?

This event is an opportunity for people from all sectors to come together to learn from one another and is open to anyone interested in advancing social justice and  equity through intersectoral upstream action. We anticipate participation from public health, health promotion, primary care, community health, social services, community development, civic engagement, social justice, and more.

Click here to register and for a complete schedule of events. 

Sparking Population Health Solutions – Call for Solutions deadline

CIHR-IPPH is pleased to announce the Trailblazer Award in Population Health Solutions. Up to two awards of $15,000 each will be given to exceptional researchers at different career stages.  Trailblazer award winners will be featured at the IPPH sponsored Sparking Population Health Solutions: Research for a Healthier Future Summit to be held in Ottawa on April 25-28, 2016.

Anticipated Launch Date: October 2015
Anticipated Application Deadline: December 2015

Stay tuned for the launch of this award program on ResearchNet.

Webinar entitled: "Public Health Ethics in Practice: Applying Frameworks to Cases".

The National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) would like to invite you to join  a webinar entitled: "Public Health Ethics in Practice: Applying Frameworks to Cases".

In this webinar, participants will practice applying public health ethics frameworks to cases that we have developed for discussion.

Date: October 1 in English; September 24, 2015 in French.
Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EDT) .

During this webinar, we will introduce participants to:

 

  • The general nature and role of ethics frameworks in public health,
  • Summary versions of two public health ethics frameworks, and
  • Cases (drawn from public health and related to healthy public policy) for deliberation using those frameworks.

A big part of this webinar will be focused on a more in-depth application of a framework to a case. Participants will be able to both see and contribute to applying a framework to identify the ethical implications that arise, and to deliberate towards a decision about what to do.

Click here to register.

Click here for slide and audio.

Webinar: Learning to work differently: implementing Ontario’s SDOH Public Health Nurses Initiative

Description

This webinar will present findings from a research study that examined the development and implementation of social determinant of health public health nurse (SDOH PHN) positions across Ontario’s 36 public health agencies. These new positions were funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (Ontario) to enhance organizational capacity for action on the SDOH and health equity.
The role of leadership in the implementation of the SDH PHN positions and in an organization’s health equity work more broadly will also be discussed. The supports and barriers to implementing equity-focused positions to improve public health organization capacity to act on SDH and advance health equity will be highlighted as well as recommendations for policy, practice, education and research.

This webinar will:

  • enhance your understanding of the supports and barriers for the implementation of health equity positions in Ontario and the relevance to your organization
  • facilitate a discussion about the role of leadership in supporting health equity action
  • discuss the importance of provincial level guidance for local action
  • identify key actions for building the capacity for public health organizations to act on the social determinants of health and health equity

The webinar will be of interest to practitioners, managers, decision-makers and researchers interested in organizational and systems capacity for public health action on the social determinants of health and health equity.

Advisors on Tap:

  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health 
  • Dr. Charmaine McPherson, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, St. Francis Xavier University
  • Diane Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

Register here

Online community conversation

From September 21st to September 25th we will be holding an online conversation in Health Equity Clicks: Community. This will be a great way to start the conversation before and continue the discussion on our learnings from the "Learning to work differently: implementing Ontario's Social Determinants of Health Public Health Nurse Initiative" webinar.  If you have a question or topics you would like our advisors to address, please email Sume, our Knowledge Translation Specialist, at seyoh@stfx.ca.

 

  • Presenters:
  • Charmaine McPherson, 
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca
  • 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.

    doickle@stfx.ca

Webinar: Partners in advocacy: public health roles and potential partners in advocacy for health equity

“Social advocacy is central to the mission of public health and a significant responsibility for public health professionals.” – Dorfman, Sorenson & Wallack (2009), pg. 15

This webinar will further explore the 4 public health roles in advocacy for health equity as described in the new Let’s Talk: Advocacy and health equity.  Guest presenters will share two examples, one focused on the experience of advocating for a healthy public transit policy, and one exploring where potential opportunities exist for engaging the business sector as advocacy partners.

With our special guests we will explore:

  1. What are the four advocacy roles for public health? How do they apply to each type of social advocacy?
  2. What have we learned from our public health advocacy efforts in the area of healthy public transit policy?
  3. How can public health engage non-traditional partners, including the business sector, in advocacy?

Advisors on tap:

Dr. Patricia Daly, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Daly is the Chief Medical Health Officer and the Vice President, Public Health for Vancouver Coastal Health.  She is also a Clinical Professor in the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

As CMHO, her primary mandate is to improve the health of the population served by VCH through population health approaches and public health initiatives.  Working with our partners to create healthy communities is one of the most powerful approaches available to prevent disease and disability and maximize good mental and physical health.  Patty was closely involved in advocating for healthy public transit policy in relation to the recent transit referendum in the lower mainland of BC.

Dr. Mark Lysyshyn, MD, MPH, FRCPC

Dr. Lysyshyn is a Medical Health Officer with Vancouver Coastal Health responsible for the North Shore of Vancouver.  He obtained his medical degree from Queen’s University and a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.  He completed residency training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Coro Strandberg, Principal of Strandberg Consulting 

Ms. Strandberg helps companies become leaders in corporate social responsibility strategies and business models.  A professionally trained social worker with experience as a Social Planner for the City of Surrey and Social Policy Director for the BC Government, for the past 20 years of her career she has been helping businesses embed social sustainability into corporate purpose and business strategies.  Coro gained this experience in the 1980s and 1990s as a Director and then Chair of the Board of Vancity Credit Union, which she helped become a global leader in values-based banking.  She will share her insights on how business can be mobilized as a force for good, going beyond harm reduction to creating social value strategies.  She will explore how business can become a partner in healthy equity.

Facilitators:

Lesley Dyck, MA, Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)

Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, MHSc, Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) 

Who should attend?

Public health practitioners at all levels, and others working for social change, will find new ideas to get from where they are to where they want to be in advocating for healthy public policy in Canada.

Online conversation:

We will also be hosting an online conversation at Health Equity Clicks  during the week of the webinar (June 15-18).  Anyone can join and participate in a discussion of what social advocacy means for them in their public health work.

Click here to register

  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

Webinar Equity in Environmental Health Practice: A Role for Public Health Inspectors

Equity in Environmental Health Practice: A Role for Public Health Inspectors 

NCCDH and NCCEH have jointly released Equity in environmental health practice: Findings of a Pilot Study.

This webinar explores how social determinants of health and health equity impact environmental health practice, and considers the role of environmental health public health practitioners in addressing social determinants of health and health equity.

Click here to register

  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    doickle@stfx.ca

Join us at CPHA 2015 to Public Health 15

Are you attending the Public Health conference in Vancouver? Join us for these NCCDH presentations:

Day 1, Monday, May 25

2:20pm – 3:50pm

World Café: Advocacy for social change: What is public health's role and how do we do it?

Presented by the NCC Determinants of Health

Day 2, Tuesday, May 26

11:00 – 12:30

World Café: Leadership in Health Equity: A Case Study of the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Public Health Nurse Initiative.

Day 3, Wednesday, May 27

9:00am – 10:30am

Panel: Three perspectives on integrating equity into reporting: Community, public health and research. Presented by the NCC Determinants of Health.

13:30pm – 15:00pm

Evidence-informed decision-making and health equity: An interactive workshop – Workshop

Day 2 & 3, Tuessday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27

Poster number 40

Intersectoral action for health equity: Engaging the public to reduce poverty.

A complete list of NCC presentations, workshops, and events at the conference is available online. The NCCDH has also created an Equity Guide for  CPHA 2015.

 

  • Presenters:
  • Karen Fish
    Karen Fish

    Karen Fish, BJ, MA

    Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Karen has worked for twenty-plus years as a researcher, writer, and editor specializing in health, science, and science and society issues. She has worked for the National Council on Ethics in Human Research, the Agence d’évaluation des technologies et des modes d’intervention en santé, and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. She has helped to communicate the results of studies into the resilience of Nova Scotia Youth, best practices in university-community collaborations, and citizen engagement processes for mobilizing people around food security. Karen is also an experienced instructional designer and teacher, and currently teaches courses linked to the Service Learning Program at StFX University. She earned her Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and her MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University.

    kfish@stfx.ca

The NCCDH at TOPHC (The Ontario Public Health Convention)

Are you attening the Ontario Public Health Convention in Toronto? Join us for these NCCDH presentations on Friday, March 27, 2015:

8:30am – 10:00am

Advocacy in a changing world: The critical role of public health advocacy on the social determinants of health and health equity. (Room 202)

Communicating for change: Improving public and decision-maker awareness of the social determinants of health and equity. (Room 206B)

10:45am – 12:00pm

Speaking clearly: Language as a changing technology to help advance work on the social determinants of health and equity. (Room 203B)

We will be tweeting throughout the conference using the hashtags #healthequity and #sdoh. Follow us on Twitter @NCCDH_CCNDS!

You can also connect in person with Pemma Muzumdar, Communications Coordinator, at the NCCPH booth, and hear news from all six NCCs.

  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca
  • Karen Fish
    Karen Fish

    Karen Fish, BJ, MA

    Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Karen has worked for twenty-plus years as a researcher, writer, and editor specializing in health, science, and science and society issues. She has worked for the National Council on Ethics in Human Research, the Agence d’évaluation des technologies et des modes d’intervention en santé, and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. She has helped to communicate the results of studies into the resilience of Nova Scotia Youth, best practices in university-community collaborations, and citizen engagement processes for mobilizing people around food security. Karen is also an experienced instructional designer and teacher, and currently teaches courses linked to the Service Learning Program at StFX University. She earned her Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and her MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University.

    kfish@stfx.ca

3rd Annual Social Determinants of Public Health Nurse Network Conference

Organized by the Social Determinant of Health Public Health Nurse Network with support from the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

This workshop will provide an opportunity to explore public health capacity to address the social determinants of health and health equity. It will provide tools and strategies for working effectively on the social determinants of health. There will also be an opportunity to continue to build on the relationships between practitioners from health units across Ontario.

The full day workshop will include presentations, story sharing and interactive sessions on strategies to address the SDH and health equity in public health organizations.

Who should attend:

The workshop is open to all public health practitioners in Ontario working on the social determinants of health and health equity e.g.

  • SDOH Public Health nurses
  • Public health practitioners with responsibility for developing and implementing interventions to address the SDOH and improve health equity

Speakers:

  • Dr. Benita Cohen, Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba
  • Carol Timmings, ‎Director, Healthy Living and Chief Nursing Officer at Toronto Public Health
  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health 
  • SDH PHNs

Planning Team:

  • Claire Hanlon, Network co-Chair, Peterborough County-City Health Unit
  • Renee Boi-Doku, Network co-Chair, Toronto Public Health 
  • Kristina Nairn Haliburton, Kawartha, pine Ridge District Health Unit 
  • Marilyn King Huron County Health Unit
  • Karen Graham, North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit
  • Kiran Somjee, York Region Health Unit
  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health 

 

Registration: $50 (breakfast and lunch provided) Registration can be completed here

Registration closes Monday March 16th.

Resources in our Library:

Communicating for change: improving public and decision-maker awareness on health equity

Public awareness and support for the social determinants of health (SDH) can be a key driver for policy change to improve everyday living conditions and promote more equitable distribution of power and resources for health. Over the past few years there has been a concerted effort in Canada and elsewhere  to develop effective communications tools and resources that will engage Canadians on the concepts of the SDH and health equity. There are a growing number of tools and resources being developed by a range of organizations which reflect the realities of the local context.

This webinar will explore:

  • public perception of the social determinants of health in the Canadian context
  • the relationship between public opinion and policy change and
  • explore principles to improve communications on the social determinants of health.  

The webinar will highlight principles to develop messages that consider the complexity and value-laden characteristics of the concepts. 

Advisors on Tap:

  • Dr. Ketan Shankardass, Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University & Research Scientist, Centre for Research in Inner City Health
  • Dr. James Talbot, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Alberta Health
  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH

To register for this webinar click here.

Resources in our Library:

The origins and spinoffs of equity-focused influenza prevention at Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors

Description

In this webinar, we will explore:

1. how staff at Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors used the knowledge of health inequities gained during the H1N1 pandemic response to improve how they work with vulnerable populations across the province—and in particular Aboriginal populations—in an attempt to minimize inequitable impacts.

and

2. the degree to which the collaborations and learnings from their influenza prevention approach began to help  “mainstream” health equity work more broadly in public health work and the factors which contribute to this.

Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors’ work to reduce the burden of flu and flu-like illnesses among marginalized residents was a groundbreaking project for the Population Health Equity Unit.  First, it grounded the unit’s work in a tangible project; and second, it built relationships and program connections that have furthered the unit’s work on other fronts.

In January, the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health will publish two stories developed in collaboration with staff from Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors and the Saskatoon Health Region.  This webinar focuses on Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors’ story of embedding equity thinking in the planning and delivery of its influenza prevention services.

Our advisors on tap will discuss

  • Issues of data gathering and analysis in designing and evaluating the initiative
  • Experiences of collaborative learning and decision-making with community leaders
  • What it means to build trusting relationships
  • How to talk about an equity approach with partners
  • How to use data, experience and partnerships to influence policy
  • The unexpected, non-influenza-related advances in health equity work that this initiative has spawned

Advisors on tap

Dr. Elise Weiss, Deputy Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, MHHLS,

Dr. Marcia Anderson DeCoteau, Medical Officer of Health, Aboriginal Health and Wellness Programs, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Karen Serwonka, Senior Policy Analyst, MHHLS

To register for this Webinar click here.

“Recognizing determinants of health and health equity” award

The annual Student Research Day held each March is a university-wide forum showcasing student research and advanced studies at StFX.

 

Criteria for NCCDH “Recognizing determinants of health and health equity” award

Background


The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) is hosted by St. Francis Xavier University and focuses on the social and economic factors that influence the health of Canadians. The Centre translates and shares information and evidence with public health organizations and practitioners to influence interrelated determinants and advance health equity through public health practice.


To advance social determinants of health and health equity through public health practice and policy, the NCCDH works to:

  • translate and share knowledge and evidence to influence interrelated determinants
  • support the uptake and exchange of information, products and services
  • identify gaps in research and practice
  • engage in collaborative learning projects and support translation of applied research
  • support inter-personal  and inter-organizational connections that enable strong relationships


To achieve these goals, NCCDH projects relates to six key roles for public health to improve health equity.  

  1. Assess and report
  2. Participate in policy development and advocacy
  3. Partner with other sectors
  4. Modify and orient interventions
  5. Leadership and capacity
  6. Communicate

“Recognizing determinants of health and health equity” award


The NCCDH is offering several awards for the 2015 St. Francis Xavier Student Research Day.  Criteria for a research project to be considered for this award include that the project will:

  • Relate to the social determinants of health and/or health equity
  • Refer to health as a broader concept beyond just the absence of disease
  • Demonstrate a link between the social determinants of health and the patterns of health of populations
  • Not focus solely on individual behaviour change as the solution to improve health
  • Include consideration of public health approaches to health (along with or in place of primary healthcare)
  • Comment on the sharing of knowledge to improve conditions for health
  • Discuss different sectors of society working together to improve health


The NCCDH has three awards available to participants in the St. FX Student Research Day 2015.  The award given will depend on the number of criteria listed above that are met.


Gold level – 1 x $100 available 4 or more criteria met

Silver – 2 x $50 available  1-3 criteria met


A staff person from the NCCDH will attend Student Research Day to review projects that have submitted to be adjudicated.  For more information on the NCCDH and the concepts in the criteria listed above, please visit the NCCDH website at www.nccdh.ca.

What does “fair” mean to you? The importance of language for taking action to increase health equity

Health equity language is value laden and full of “shortcut” terminology. Many of our terms—such as “health equity”, “social determinants of health” and “social justice”, are often only meaningful to public health insiders --- and sometimes not even to them!

This webinar continues the discussion about how language can help and hinder our work in the area of social determinants of health and health equity.

The NCCDH has just released a “Glossary of essential health equity terms” in response to practitioner requests for clear definitions that would help us communicate among ourselves and with people outside public health. We’ve discovered that finding opportunities to discuss the meaning of the words we use, such as “closing the gap”, “marginalized populations”, “advantage and disadvantage”, has helped us articulate common values and think more deeply about the equity strategies we use in public health work.

In this Fireside Chat we will explore the meaning of the terms we commonly use in our emails, workshops and reports, and we will discuss how we communicate these ideas to people who are not so familiar with the links between social inequalities and health inequities.

Join us to

1) Learn more about the ongoing development of the NCCDH French and English glossaries of essential health equity terms (available on our webpage, with space to leave comments)

2) Hear from thought-leaders in our field about their favourite terms, and words they wish would disappear from our conversations about health equity

3) Listen and contribute to the ongoing conversation about how we use these terms in Canada, and how we could get better at using, defining and explaining them.

Advisors on Tap:

• Public Health “thought leaders” (to be determined)

• Karen Fish and Lesley Dyck, NCC for Determinant of Health (NCCDH)

Who should attend?

Public health practitioners at all levels will have an opportunity to reflect on how they use social determinants and health equity language and build their confidence to communicate effectively about these complex concepts.

Recommended reading:

NCCDH (2015). Glossary of Essential Health Equity Terms

To register for this Webinar click here

 

 

  • Presenters:
  • Public Health “thought leaders” , 
  • Karen Fish
    Karen Fish

    Karen Fish, BJ, MA

    Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Karen has worked for twenty-plus years as a researcher, writer, and editor specializing in health, science, and science and society issues. She has worked for the National Council on Ethics in Human Research, the Agence d’évaluation des technologies et des modes d’intervention en santé, and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. She has helped to communicate the results of studies into the resilience of Nova Scotia Youth, best practices in university-community collaborations, and citizen engagement processes for mobilizing people around food security. Karen is also an experienced instructional designer and teacher, and currently teaches courses linked to the Service Learning Program at StFX University. She earned her Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and her MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University.

    kfish@stfx.ca

Dialogue: multiple actors bringing diverse knowledge to improve health equity

The event objective is to provide a unique opportunity for professionals from different sectors, and diverse knowledge bases (e.g. research, practice, experience, management and decision-making) to discuss social inequities of health. The goal of the forum is for participants to examine ways to work together to improve health equity.

The big question behind this dialogue...

What are the opportunities to reduce social inequities in health if we bring together knowledge from experience, practice, research and decision-making?

The event will be held on February 4th and 5th, 2015, in Québec City and is organized in partnership between the Réseau de recherche en santé des populations du Québec, the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

Program and registration: Dialogue between proponents of diverse knowledge for health equity (French PDF) 

 

*This event will take place in French only.

Engaging communities for better policies to improve health equity: The Makimaniq Plan, a shared approach to reduce poverty in Nunavut experience

Strong and visionary leadership is a common feature among regions that have moved ahead in health equity work. Community engagement is a promising public health practice to address the social determinants of health and reduce health inequities. The World Health Organization points to the value of meaningfully involving groups in society through representation in decision-making, particularly related to health equity.

This webinar will highlight a case study that looks at a shared leadership approach to developing the poverty reduction strategy in Nunavut. The process used to develop the "The Makimaniq Plan: A Shared Approach to Poverty Reduction" saw high levels of collaboration and community engagement. Government and Inuit organizations were engaged first, then the circle was expanded to public and non-governmental organizations. 

This webinar will explore the process and outcomes of the engagement process and discuss the unique contribution the public engagement process brought to the Makimaniq Plan.

To download the case study, click here.

Advisors on Tap

  • Natan Obed, Director, Department of Social and Cultural Development, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
  • Ed McKenna, Director, Poverty Reduction, Department of Family Services, Government of Nunavut
  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

To register for this webinar, click here.

 

 

  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

Resources in our Library:

(Presented in French) Leveraging opportunities for public health action to advance health equity: Exploring findings from the 2014 NCCDH environmental scan

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health has completed an environmental scan to understand the current state of public health action on health equity across Canada and, specifically, any key changes that have taken place since a 2010 scan.

The 2010 environmental scan assessed public health practices, barriers, and opportunities to advance health equity. Results from that scan informed the strategic direction and activities of the NCCDH, and equally assisted the public health field in their ongoing efforts at the local/regional and provincial/territorial levels.

This webinar will highlight the findings from the most recent environmental scan. The findings provide guidance for public health planning and practice to improve health equity. They identify key areas of action for public health. They also call on public health organizations to ensure that increased attention to health equity translates into concrete action.

Participants will contribute to the ongoing interpretation of the findings and explore the application of the findings to their own practice and the future efforts of the NCCDH.

Presenters 

  • Shelley-Rose Hyppolite, MD., MSc., FRCPC, Medical Specialist, Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Medical Advisor, Direction de santé publique de la Capitale-Nationale
  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, MHSc., Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health
  • Pemma Muzumdar, MPH, Knowledge Broker, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health 

To register, click here. (This webinar will be presented in French). 

To view slides from the Leveraging opportunities for public health action to advance health equity webinar that was presented in English on June 18, 2014, visit CHNET-Works!

Resources in our Library:

Where are the resources to “move upstream” in Public Health work?

July 23rd 2014 1-2:30 EDT

In this webinar, we will explore the connection between moving upstream and the availability and distribution of public health resources. 
Evidence is mounting that an upstream approach to health—one that addresses people’s access to power, resources and social inclusion—benefits everyone.  Increasingly, public health employees at all levels of their organizations are being asked to find ways to address more consistently the causes of the causes: income, education, housing, isolation.  At a strategic level, if public health organizations want to move upstream, where do they find the resources to support community engagement, inter-sectoral collaboration, public education and advocacy? 

With our two special guests, we will explore

  • How can public health get better at affecting policies and initiatives that have broad, longer-term impacts on health? 
  • With whom is public health competing to get resources for upstream work?  How are other health sectors also moving upstream?
  • Will public health have to leave some services to other health sectors to make it possible for it to do more upstream work? 
  • How do we make sure public health is sitting at the resource allocation tables?

Advisors on tap

  • Dr. Eilish Cleary, Chief Medical Officer of Health, New Brunswick
  • Dr. Paul Hasselback, Medical Health Officer, Central Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Karen Fish, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH

Recommended reading

To register for this webinar, click here.

Online community conversation:  The week before the July 23rd webinar, we’re hosting an online conversation in Health Equity Clicks: Community - July 15-25.  Help us create the content for the webinar by posting questions and/or topics that you would like our advisors to address.

 

  • Presenters:
  • Karen Fish
    Karen Fish

    Karen Fish, BJ, MA

    Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Karen has worked for twenty-plus years as a researcher, writer, and editor specializing in health, science, and science and society issues. She has worked for the National Council on Ethics in Human Research, the Agence d’évaluation des technologies et des modes d’intervention en santé, and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. She has helped to communicate the results of studies into the resilience of Nova Scotia Youth, best practices in university-community collaborations, and citizen engagement processes for mobilizing people around food security. Karen is also an experienced instructional designer and teacher, and currently teaches courses linked to the Service Learning Program at StFX University. She earned her Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and her MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University.

    kfish@stfx.ca

Resources in our Library:

Leveraging opportunities for public health action to advance health equity: Exploring findings from the 2014 National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health environmental scan

June 18, 2014 1-2:30 EDT

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health has completed an environmental scan to understand the current state of public health action on health equity across Canada and, specifically, any key changes that have taken place since a 2010 scan.

The 2010 environmental scan assessed public health practices, barriers, and opportunities to advance health equity. Results from that scan informed the strategic direction and activities of the NCCDH, and equally assisted the public health field in their ongoing efforts at the local/regional and provincial/territorial levels.

This webinar will highlight the findings from the most recent environmental scan. The findings provide guidance for public health planning and practice to improve health equity. They identify key areas of action for public health. They also call on public health organizations to ensure that increased attention to health equity translates into concrete action.

Participants will contribute to the ongoing interpretation of the findings and explore the application of the findings to their own practice and the future efforts of the NCCDH.

An online conversation will be held from June 16 – 20th 2014 in the Health Equity Clicks: Community.

For a copy of the PowerPoint presentation "Leveraging opportunities for public health action to advance health equity Exploring findings  from Boosting Momentum" click here.  

To register, click here

  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca
  • Connie Clement
    Connie Clement

    Connie Clement, BSc

    Scientific Director

    Connie Clement joined the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) in January 2011. Previously, Connie was the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Toronto, a venture philanthropy collaborative, and Health Nexus/Nexus Santé, Canada’s premiere health promotion consultancy. She was Director of Planning and Policy at Toronto Public Health when six public health units merged, and previously held varied health promotion and sexual health management and front-line positions. Connie holds a BSc in Biology/Sociology from Trent University.

    cclement@stfx.ca

Resources in our Library:

NCCDH sessions at the 2014 Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) Conference

Are you attending the 9th National Community Health Nurses of Canada conference?

Join us at the following presentations from June 2nd to 4th in Ottawa, ON.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

BREAKOUT A (10:30 a.m.  – 11:30  a.m.)

  • Leadership for Health Equity: A Community Engagement Process Used to Create The Makimaniq Plan, a Shared Approach to Reduce Poverty in Nunavut
  • Opportunities to Advance Health Equity: Results of a Pan-Canadian Environmental Scan

BREAKOUT B (11:45 a.m. to 12:24 p.m.) 

  • Communicating effectively about how where we live, work and play affects our health
  • Blending targeted and universal approaches to advance health equity

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

BREAKOUT F (1:30 p.m. to 2:30p.m. )

  • Leadership for health equity: a case study of Ontario’s Social Determinants of Health Public Health Nurse Initiative
  • Working to Full Scope: Clarifying our Roles for Improving Health Equity

For more information, download the conference program.

We will be tweeting throughout the conference using the hashtags #sdoh #heathequity. Follow us on twitter @NCCDH_CCNDS.

  • Presenters:

Targeting within universalism for health equity

Webinar - May 14, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT

Public health organizations use various approaches to close the gap between the most and least healthy, and to reduce inequities all along the social and economic health gradient. During this webinar and online conversation, participants will:

  •  increase understanding about targeted, universal and targeting within universal approaches in public health programs and services
  •  reflect on the supports to – and challenges of – using a targeting with universal approaches, and their impact on improving the health of all

As part of the Let’s Talk series,  the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) released Let’s Talk… Universal and targeted approaches to health equity.  This discussion guide was designed for decision makers and practitioners who want to talk about when and why to use a universal, targeted, targeting within universal, proportionate universal—or some combination of approaches. 

Recently the NCCDH published a series of short practice examples, Learning from practice: Targeting within universalism, to demonstrate the application of targeting within universalism to achieve greater equity in Canadian public health service delivery.

Advisors on tap

  • Hannah Moffatt, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH
  • Linda Young, ‎Director of Public Health Services, Capital District Health Authority
  • Katherine Frohlick, Département de médecine sociale et preventive, Université de Montréal

To register for this webinar, click here.

Online community conversation - May 12 to 16, 2014

During the week of the webinar, we’ll hold an online conversation in Health Equity Clicks: Community. Ask questions and post your reflections about applying universal, targeted, targeting within universal, proportionate universal— or some combination of approaches in your practice.

  • Presenters:

Resources in our Library:

NCCDH sessions at the 2014 Canadian Public Health Association's annual conference

Are you trying to decide what presentations to attend? Are you putting together your own personal conference agenda?

Please join us at the following presentations:

MONDAY, MAY 26 PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS

  • 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.  - Leveraging opportunities for public health action to advance health equity: Exploring findings from the 2014 National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health environmental scan. For a copy of the PowerPoint presentation click here
  • 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Organizational leadership for health equity: Strengthening public health capacity
  • 6 p.m. - Making connections: National Collaborating Centres for Public Health networking event - A networking dinner hosted by the NCCs.

Please note that registration is required, as space is limited. To sign up, simply indicate that you want to attend during the CPHA conference registration process.

TUESDAY, MAY 27

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Blending targeted and universal approaches to advance health equity
  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Drop by the NCCPH booth in the Exhibitor Hall and connect with Pemma Muzumdar, who will be representing all six NCCs.
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Online courses on the social determinants and health equity, and the Public health roles for improving health equity posters in the Exhibitors Hall, Lower Concourse.
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - The “equity reporting tool kit”: methods and tools for integrating equity into population health status reporting - This is a joint NCC project.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28

  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Leadership for health equity: A case study of Ontario’s social determinants of health public health nurse policy initiative - This session is in collaboration with Charmaine MacPherson, Professor, St. Francis Xavier University
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Drop by the NCCPH booth in the Exhibitor Hall and connect with Pemma Muzumdar, who will be representing all six NCCs.
  • 12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Online courses on the social determinants and health equity, and the Public health roles for improving health equity posters in the Exhibitors Hall, Lower Concourse.
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Public Health Speaks: Tuberculosis and the Social Determinants of Health - This is a presentation in collaboration with NCCID.

THURSDAY, MAY 29

  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Communicating effectively about how where we live, work, and play affects our health - This is a presentation in collaboration with Frank Welsh, Director of Policy Development at CPHA.

For more information, including session descriptions download the conference program.

We will be tweeting throughout the conference using the hashtags #CPHA2014, #PublicHealth2014, #healthequity,  and #sdoh. Follow us on twitter @NCCDH_CCNDS and follow the Canadian Public Health Conference @CPHA_ACSP.

  • Presenters:

Populations and the power of language

As part of the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) Let’s Talk series, the NCCDH has released Let’s Talk… Populations and the power of language. The document explores the language public health practitioners and organizations use to label populations that are identified by their social, economic, geographic or other demographic characteristics.

Webinar (April 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST) - Join the NCCDH in conversation with academics, practitioners and other community stakeholders. During this interactive webinar, participants will:

  • reflect on the values and assumptions underlying our choice of language in public health
  • explore how terminology can support or hinder our efforts to reduce health inequities

To register for this webinar, click here.

Online community conversation (April 21 to 25, 2014) - During the week of the Fireside chat, we’ll hold an online conversation in Health Equity Clicks: Community  from April 21 to 25, 2014.  Help us create content for the webinar by asking questions and posting your reflections about using language to describe population groups in Canadian public health practice.

Discussion questions
  •     What words do you generally use to describe populations?
  •     What are the benefits, drawbacks and power dynamics of your language?
  •     What power dynamics are implied by the language of poor people and people who live in poverty?
  •     How does your language change when you are in different settings (e.g., health department, school, municipal office)? Is this appropriate?
  •     Can a change in language change power dynamics?
  •     What actions are you taking to modify the power dynamics that create ill-health?
Recommended reading: Let’s Talk… Populations and the power of language

 

 

  • Presenters:

Resources in our Library:

Making connections: National Collaborating Centres for Public Health Networking Event

Participants of this year's annual Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Conference  are warmly invited to "Making Connections", a networking dinner hosted by the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health.

Join us at Public Health 14 on Monday, May 26, starting at 6pm at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect with public health colleagues from across Canada in a relaxed and informal environment. Find out what the National Collaborating Centres have to offer, and tell us how we can help you to use evidence and knowledge in your everyday work. Please note that registration is required, as space is limited. To sign up, simply indicate that you want to attend "Making Connections" during the CPHA conference registration process. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Pemma Muzumdar.

We look forward to connecting with you in Toronto on May 26!

How do I get a health status report off the shelf? Moving equity into action!

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM (EST)

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about effectively integrating health equity into population health status reporting processes, and moving data into action.

Population health status reports are an essential tool in Canadian public health practice – they have been especially useful for realigning public health priorities and supporting action on injury and chronic disease prevention. In order to describe the health of a population, and paint an accurate picture of the issues confronting communities, a health unit (or regional health authority) needs the best available data, along with local knowledge.

Did you know that some provinces, like Ontario, require that the Medical Officer of Health make a population health status report? Yet, while this work is legislated, there aren’t actually standards to guide the content, timing, format or dissemination of the  reports. Similarly, there is no “prescription” for how to integrate health equity into reporting practices, and use these reports to drive action on the social determinants of health.

Join the NCCDH and “advisors on tap” from two health regions (names to be confirmed) that have been engaged in integrating health equity into their population health status reporting. We will explore the “equity-integrated population health status reporting framework” that emerged from the learning circle project, and we will ask our guests to describe which elements of the framework were most important to their process and what changes they have seen as a result.

During this interactive session, participants will:

  • learn about the essential elements for effective integration of health equity in population health status reporting
  • reflect on the challenges and opportunities for developing the public health capacity required for equity integrated population health status reporting in Canada

To register for this webinar, click here.

  • Presenters:

The NCCDH at TOPHC (The Ontario Public Health Convention)

TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014 - DAY 2

Poster presentations - 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at P12

Communicating effectively about how where we live, work and play affects our health - Key elements of effectively communicating to a variety of audiences about the everyday factors which affect our health – social determinants of health – will be described.

E-learning: Online courses related to the social determinants of health and health equity - This poster presents the results of a search for online courses related to the social determinants of health and health equity, with the intention of helping public health managers and practitioners find the right courses for their professional development. Over 40 courses were found, and 12 online learning opportunities were recommended for the public health audience.

Let’s talk: Health equity in public health practice - This poster will present our Let’s talk: Health Equity  resource, part of the Let’s talk series. This series has been developed to help public health practitioners increase their knowledge and clarify their understanding of health equity concepts and approaches.

Workshop - 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Session 28

Methods and tools for equity-integrated population health status reporting - Participants will learn about the key elements of equity-integrated population health status reporting and the methods and tools that support an effective process of community-based knowledge exchange. The session will include case examples of how some of these tools have been applied in public health set-tings in Canada. Participants will develop their skills to apply these tools in their own organizations.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014 - DAY 3

Panel 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Session 35

Targeted and universal approaches: Taking a blended approach to advance health equity - Public health practitioners and organizations seek to modify and orient interventions and services to reduce health inequities. This blended approach defines goals for the entire population and tailors strategies to address barriers faced by specific groups. Participants in this panel presentation will describe the integration of targeting with universalism into public health practice and discuss the challenges and elements of success associated with this approach.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014 - POST-CONFERENCE

Social Determinants of Health: Building Organizational and Community Capacity for Advocacy and Equity - This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn from those well versed in monitoring outcomes of public health interventions and strategies to improve the health of populations who experience the greatest health inequities. It will provide evidence-based tools, sharing of successes and lessons learned in addressing the SDoH in priority populations. There will also be an opportunity to continue to build on the relationships between practitioners from across the province across health units. To learn more and to register, click here.

We'll be tweeting throughout the conference using the hashtags #tophc, #healthequity, and #sdoh. Follow us on Twitter @NCCDH_CCNDS!

For more information, click here TOPHC.

  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

Resources in our Library:

TOPHC: Social Determinants of Health: Building Organizational and Community Capacity for Advocacy and Equity

This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn from those well versed in monitoring outcomes of public health interventions and strategies to improve the health of populations who experience the greatest health inequities. It will provide evidence-based tools, sharing of successes and lessons learned in addressing the SDoH in priority populations. There will also be an opportunity to continue to build on the relationships between practitioners from across the province across health units.

The full day workshop will include interactive sessions on advocacy, capacity building and evidence-based tools for identifying priority populations as well as incorporating health equity assessments into public health practice.

Workshop Objectives

  • To explore methods and tools for Public Health advocacy
  • To learn about and adopt strategies that support capacity building within Public Health departments and within marginalized and vulnerable communities to practically address health inequities
  • To share best practices for identifying priority populations
  • To provide an in-person networking opportunity to forge stronger working relationships amongst a province wide work force


Who should attend:
The workshop is open to all public health practitioners in Ontario working on the social determinants of health and health equity e.g.

  • SDOH Public Health nurses
  • Public health practitioners with direct responsibility for developing and implementing interventions to address the SDOH and improve health equity

Speakers:

  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (Building organizational and community capacity)
  • Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health, Peterborough Health Unit (Public health advocacy and context of advocating as a government organization)
  • Emma Tucker, Senior Epidemiologist, Halton Region Health Department ( Measuring income and health inequalities)
  • Dr. Ingrid Tyler, Public Health Physician, Public Health Ontario (Public health unit approaches to identifying “priority populations”)
  • Staff from various health units (Experiences in addressing health equity)

For more information, and to sign up, click here. Registration fee: $100 (lunch and snacks provided)

 

Health for all: Putting equity into practice

 

In-person: April 30 - May 1, 2014 in Moncton, NB.

The public health associations in NB-PEI and NS are partnering to deliver a conference on April 30th and May 1st 2014 in Moncton, NB. The event will focus on health equity leadership, advocacy, and collective action in the Maritimes. Participants will learn new skills and tools for enhancing a health equity approach in their day‐to‐day work. The NCCDH and other partners are planning educational components for this event. 

For more information, please visit www.healthforall.hpclearinghouse.ca.

Click here to view the slides from the morning session, Health for all : Taking it further or for the afternoon session, Health equity leadership.

 

  • Presenters:
  • Connie Clement
    Connie Clement

    Connie Clement, BSc

    Scientific Director

    Connie Clement joined the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) in January 2011. Previously, Connie was the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Toronto, a venture philanthropy collaborative, and Health Nexus/Nexus Santé, Canada’s premiere health promotion consultancy. She was Director of Planning and Policy at Toronto Public Health when six public health units merged, and previously held varied health promotion and sexual health management and front-line positions. Connie holds a BSc in Biology/Sociology from Trent University.

    cclement@stfx.ca

Advancing health equity through public health: The power of people and systems

To take a health equity-oriented approach, public health activities need to be grounded in the values of social justice. To reduce inequities in public health practice practitioners need a supportive organizational culture, and they need to have the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

How do individual competencies and organizational commitments contribute to public health’s capacity to do health equity work?

We are assembling public health practitioners to take part in a celebrity-style-interview webinar. A celebrity-style-interview draws on questions from the audience and invites participants to share their personal experience. What have you always wanted to know, but have never dared to ask?

You will hear from:

  • Claire Betker, Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH
  • Kevin Churchill, Health Promotion Manager, Lambton Public Health
  • Stephanie Lefebvre, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH
  • Cory Neudorf, Chief Medical Health Officer, Saskatoon Health Region
  • Louis Sorin, Community Area Director, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Prior to the webinar, we’ll hold an online conversation in Health Equity Clicks: Community from November 26 to December 3. Help us create the content of the webinar by asking questions and posting your reflections about the power of people and systems to support equity-oriented approaches in Canadian public health practice.

To register for this webinar, click here.

Resources & discussion questions

The following resources in our NCCDH library are recommended reading for public health practitioners keen on learning more about this topic.

Public health speaks: Organizational standards as a promising practice for health equity

  • What are the elements that support or restrain organizational change in public health systems? How do the examples illustrate the importance of a competent public health workforce?

Core competencies for public health in Canada: An assessment and comparison of determinants of health content

  • What are the knowledge, skills, and attitudes practitioners need to influence the social determinants of health? How do the Canadian Core Competencies support practitioners? How could the Core Competencies be improved?

What contributes to successful public health leadership for health equity? An appreciative inquiry

For more information, please contact Hannah Moffatt, Knowledge Translation Specialist.

  • Presenters:

Resources in our Library:

Knowledge translation frameworks & health equity- fast friends or perfect strangers?

Dramatic inequalities in health and social circumstances across Canada are well documented. Knowledge and effective interventions exist to address many of these inequities.  However, awareness, uptake, and the use of interventions can be poor especially with respect to interventions to improve the health of social and economically disadvantaged populations. This gap between knowledge and action to improve health equity is of increasing concern to public health researchers and practitioners, globally.

Knowledge translation (KT) is about closing the gap between knowing and doing. Public health has been particularly interested in finding effective models for moving research into action. This webinar will discuss the application of a health equity support score to knowledge translation frameworks and highlight existing knowledge– to-action frameworks that can support equity focused knowledge translation.

Advisors on Tap

Colleen Davison
Research Scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor,
Department of Community Heath and Epidemiology,
Queen’s University and the Clinical Research Centre,Kingston General Hospital

Erica Di Ruggiero
Associate Director
Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Population and Public Health

Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh
Knowledge Translation Specialist,
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

To register for this webinar, click here.

Online conversation November 18 to 22, 2013.

Discover other webinars and online conversations in our fall series. 

  • Presenters:
  • Colleen Davison, 
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

How can social media support public health to exchange knowledge, and take action on the social determinants of health?

Social media is defined as any electronic networked information technology that derives its principal value from user generated content and engagement. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube are all examples of social media applications. Social media represents a paradigm shift in health communications and a return to the roots of health promotion simultaneously.

Social media enables individual users -- individually and collectively -- to generate content at the center of the message and the medium. Placing organizations, networks and individuals on equal ground increases the potential to engage all sectors of the public on issues related to the social determinants of health and health equity.

Building on discussions with members of the Health Equity Clicks: online community, and through interaction with webinar participants, we will explore the following questions:

  • How are public health organizations using social media to share evidence about the social determinants of health, and engage others in this work (communities, intersectoral partners, etc)?
  • What strategies can be used to capture and evaluate the use of social media in public health efforts related to the social determinants of health and health equity?

This webinar will be presented by Cameron Norman and Pemma Muzumdar. To register for this webinar, click here. Should you have any questions, please contact Pemma Muzumdar.

Please note that basic knowledge of social media is strongly recommended.

Discover other webinars and online conversations in our fall series. 

 

 

  • Presenters:
  • Cameron Norman , 

Online Courses: Social Determinants of Health & Health Equity (Webinar)

This webinar will be presented in French.

Online (or eLearning) courses are an excellent option for public health practitioners and managers who want to build their knowledge and skills in working to improve health equity through the social determinants.

But how do you know what eLearning courses are right for you or your staff?  What makes eLearning effective? And how are online courses being delivered and received?

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) has completed a scan (including an assessment of quality) of online courses in English and French that address the social determinants of health and health equity.  Based on this work, the NCCDH recommends 12 online courses—three of which are available in French and English and one that is available in French only—that we hope will be of particular interest and benefit to public health practitioners in Canada.

In this webinar, participants will

  • learn how the NCCDH conducted its scan and assessment, and what we found
  • learn about some of the strengths and weaknesses of online learning
  • preview samples from two recommended courses
  • interact with the designers of the two recommended courses; learn about their successes and challenges
  • share your experiences with online learning and the social determinants of health

To find out more about this work, including the results of this scan, visit: http://nccdh.ca/resources/online-courses/

Advisors on tap

Jacques LeCavalier, MA
Consultant, e-learning design, strategy, coaching and research
Kelowna, BC

Julie Castonguay, PhD
Network Development Officer and Coordinator for the new Health Impact Assessment online course
National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy
 

Webinar Host

Karen Fish, MA
Knowledge Translation Specialist
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health
 

To register, click here. 

Discover other webinars and online conversations in our fall series

  • Presenters:
  • Karen Fish
    Karen Fish

    Karen Fish, BJ, MA

    Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Karen has worked for twenty-plus years as a researcher, writer, and editor specializing in health, science, and science and society issues. She has worked for the National Council on Ethics in Human Research, the Agence d’évaluation des technologies et des modes d’intervention en santé, and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. She has helped to communicate the results of studies into the resilience of Nova Scotia Youth, best practices in university-community collaborations, and citizen engagement processes for mobilizing people around food security. Karen is also an experienced instructional designer and teacher, and currently teaches courses linked to the Service Learning Program at StFX University. She earned her Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and her MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University.

    kfish@stfx.ca

Resources in our Library:

Health happens here: communicating effectively about how where we live, work and play affects our health - HPO Conference

Date: September 26 2013
Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m
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Attend the presentation Health happens here: communicating effectively about how where we live, work and play affects our health with Sume Eyoh, NCCDH, Knowledge Translation Specialist, at the Health Promotion Ontario Conference.

This interactive presentation will highlight effective communication strategies for shaping messages for specific audiences that consider the complexity and value-laden characteristics of the concepts, and share exemplar campaigns. The presentation is based on work conducted by our Centre and the Canadian Public Health Association.

Click here to visit the conference website.

  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

Webinar: Public health roles for health equity

Join the NCCDH and CHNET-Works! for a webinar about four roles—or categories of action—that have guided Public Health organizations in their work to achieve greater health equity in their communities or regions. 

This webinar introduces a framework that can help public health staff connect with a broader range of opportunities to address the social determinants of health, no matter where they work or at what level they work.

These four roles can be used to set priorities and initiate actions that help reduce disparities:

  • Assess & report
  • Modify & orient interventions
  • Partner with other sectors
  • Participate in policy development

Our “advisors on tap” will describe how they’ve used the roles framework to guide policy making, organizational planning, and practice.  Participants will have the opportunity to consider and question how this framework can be used to promote a comprehensive and balanced approach to working on the social determinants of health. We will also explore the framework’s value in helping your organization assess areas of strength and weakness in their social determinants of health work.

Advisors on tap:

Janet Braunstein-Moody
Senior Director, Population Health,
Public Health, NS Department of Health
Adjunct Professor, Dalhousie University

Erika Norris, RN, BScN
Public Health Nurse--Health Equity
Halton Region Health Department, Ontario

Karen Fish, MA
Knowledge Translation Specialist
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

Before and after the webinar, participants will be encouraged to share their comments and questions in an online conversation. A discussion thread will be open in the Health Equity Clicks community between September 19 – 26. For more information, please contact Pemma Muzumdar, Knowledge Broker.

To register, click here.

Resources in our Library:

Online Courses: Social Determinants of Health & Health Equity

Online (or eLearning) courses are  an excellent option for public health practitioners and managers who want to build their knowledge and skill in working to improve health through the social determinants.

But how do you know what eLearning courses are right for you or your staff?  What makes eLearning effective? And how are online courses being delivered and received?

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) has completed a scan (including an assessment of quality) of online courses in English and French that address the social determinants of health and health equity.  Based on this work, the NCCDH recommends 12 online courses that we hope will be of particular interest and benefit to public health practitioners in Canada.

In this webinar, participants will
• learn how the NCCDH conducted its scan and assessment, and what we found
• learn about some of the strengths and weaknesses of online learning
• preview samples from two recommended courses
• interact with the designers of these courses; learn about their successes and challenges
• share their experiences with online learning and the social determinants of health

To find out more about this work, including the results of this scan, visit: http://www.chnet-works.ca/index.php?option=com_rsevents&view=events&layout=show&cid=229%3A339-nccdh-online-courses-social-determinants-of-health-a-health-equity&Itemid=6&lang=en

Advisors on tap

Jacques LeCavalier, MA
Consultant, e-learning design, strategy, coaching and research
Kelowna, BC
www.jacqueslecavalier.com


Christina Holt, MA
Associate Director for Community Tool Box Services
Work Group for Community Health and Development
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA
http://communityhealth.ku.edu
http://ctb.ku.edu


Julie Castonguay, PhD
Network Development Officer and Coordinator for the new Health Impact Assessment online course
National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy
www.ncchpp.ca

Webinar Host:

Lesley Dyck, MA
Knowledge Translation Specialist
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health
www.nccdh.ca

  • Presenters:
  • Jacques LeCavalier, Christina Holt, Julie Castonguay, 

NCCDH Taking a Health Equity Approach: Concepts & Values

“Taking a Health Equity Approach” in public health practice requires an understanding of the key concept of health equity.

In this webinar we’ll explore the meaning of this concept and discuss how values influence our decisions and activities in public health. Participants will also be invited to consider applied examples from public health practitioners, and offer insights based on their experience.

Advisors on Tap:

Hannah Moffatt,
Knowledge Translation Specialist,
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

Maxwell Smith,
Ph.D. Candidate & CIHR Fellow in Public Health Policy
Dalla Lana School of Public Health & Joint Centre for Bioethics,
University of Toronto

Dr. Frank Atherton,
Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health,
Health and Wellness
Nova Scotia

Jennifer Scarr, RN, MSN
Provincial Lead, Health Promotion, Prevention & Primary Care
Child Health BC

Click here to register.

  • Presenters:
  • Maxwell Smith, Dr. Frank Atherton, Jennifer Scarr, 

Resources in our Library:

Learning Together: Using Collaborative and Reflective Tools to Enhance Program/Project Implementation

Participants in this workshop will learn about how a learning circle approach was used to support the development of the Capital Health, Nova Scotia, population health status report. Over the course of a year, a group of 10 public health practitioners and leaders from across Canada met regularly via teleconference to learn together about how to effectively integrate health equity into health status reporting.

The preparation of literature-informed research reports, the collection of practitioner stories from the field, and a developmental evaluation approach supported the learning process within the learning circle. Workshop attendees will be asked to apply the learning circle and developmental evaluation tools to their own implementation context and consider how these approaches could enhance their learning outcomes and the effectiveness of their programs and projects.

Learning Objectives:
* Examine the principles and methods associated with learning circles and developmental evaluation.
* Acquire skills in adaptive techniques for integrating learning circles and developmental evaluation into implementation strategies.
* Explain how learning circles and developmental evaluation can be integrated into their current work.

  • Presenters:
  • Ken Hoffman, Gaynor Watson-Creed, 

The Language of Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity

In this face-to-face relationship-building opportunity, public health practitioners, researchers and decision-makers from across Canada are invited to share ideas and practices for advancing health equity.

Practitioners will have the opportunity to contribute to a draft glossary in French and English. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about online tools that support knowledge exchange and collaborative learning related to the social determinants of health, health equity, and public health practice (e.g., Health Equity Clicks: Community, nccdh.ca/community; Health Equity Clicks: Organizations, healthequityclicks.ca, and the NCCDH Resource Library, nccdh.ca/resources/library).

Evidence in Action: National Collaborating Centres Working With You

Interested in hearing about ways in which your colleagues have used resources from the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health? This 90-minute interactive session will provide participants with the opportunity to interact with colleagues from across the country who have been advancing public health programs and policies to improve the health of Canadians through the use of resources available from the six National Collaborating Centres.

This session will be formatted such that there will be six tables; each NCC will be at a table with a colleague from public health who, in LESS than 10 minutes, will share their story of how they used that particular NCC’s resource to move evidence into practice. The subsequent 20 minutes will be used for an interactive exchange among participants at the table. Participants will have the opportunity to select the two NCC tables of interest to them. The session will close with the opportunity for participants to share with the NCCs any needs they have identified that would facilitate the use of evidence in their practice.

Learning Objectives:
* Illustrate the relevance and potential use of NCC products/resources/services in their practice.
* Recognize the value of using evidence in decisions related to public health policy and practice.
* Discover an expanded network of public health colleagues.

CPHA: Leadership for Health Equity: Building Public Health Leadership Capacity for Action on the Social Determinants of Health

This workshop will explore attributes of effective public health leadership for health equity at the individual, organizational and systems level using a range of participatory approaches and multimedia tools.

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health has implemented a Public Health Leadership Initiative that has engaged public health leadership through an appreciative inquiry process, reviewed relevant literature, and developed several case studies to help guide practitioners. Over the long term, it is anticipated that public health leadership capacity will be strengthened at all levels so that transformative action on the social determinants of health can occur.

Using case studies and a progressive disclosure technique, the session will anchor on four practices for improving health equity: competencies/organizational standards, purposeful reporting, intersectoral action and community engagement. The session will interest leaders at all levels, including practitioners, middle and senior managers, program decisionmakers, educators, researchers, policy-makers, and funders. Additional registration fee required ($50).

Click here to register.

Promising Practices for Health Equity: Stories and Resources

The Public Health Association of NB-PEI has invited Hannah Moffatt, Knowledge Translation Specialist at the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health to their spring 2013 webinar on Thursday May 30, 2013 at 12 p.m.-1 p.m. ADT.

Hannah will describe how the NCCDH is exploring “what works” to improve health equity - including synthesizing evidence related to the 10 “promising practices” identified by the Sudbury & District Health Unit in Ontario - and share examples of relevant tools and resources available from the NCCDH website (www.nccdh.ca).

Pre-registration is not required. Simply dial 1-800-319-7310 [Passcode: 07751#] and visit http://services.choruscall.ca/links/cphanbpei.html

Please note that this webinar is being delivered in English.

  • Presenters:

Mobilize! For our community’s well-being

The University of Saskatchewan, City of Saskatoon, and the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health are hosting a community event on Monday May 13th 2013.

Everyone is invited!

Featuring:

  • Laurel Rothman, National Coordinator, Campaign 2000
  • Ed Buller, Member, Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Health
  • Connie Clement, Scientific Director, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

Details for Monday, May 13th 2013

When? Venue opens at 6:00pm, event starts at 6:30pm

Where? Station 20 West, South Multi-purpose Room, 1120 20 St W., Saskatoon, SK

For more information, please contact Amanda Clarke at 306-655-4484, amanda.clarke@saskatoonhealthregion.ca

Click here to see the event poster.

  • Presenters:
  • Connie Clement
    Connie Clement

    Connie Clement, BSc

    Scientific Director

    Connie Clement joined the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) in January 2011. Previously, Connie was the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Toronto, a venture philanthropy collaborative, and Health Nexus/Nexus Santé, Canada’s premiere health promotion consultancy. She was Director of Planning and Policy at Toronto Public Health when six public health units merged, and previously held varied health promotion and sexual health management and front-line positions. Connie holds a BSc in Biology/Sociology from Trent University.

    cclement@stfx.ca

Sharing your passion for health equity: Building our collective understanding

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9 am to 3 pm
CAST Building, Holland College, Charlottetown, PEI

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) has teamed up with the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities (ASI) and the NB and PEI Branch of the Canadian Public Health Association to offer people in Prince Edward Island an opportunity to explore health equity ideas and opportunities.

The interactive workshop is open to people in the broad public health sector: practitioners, community health leaders, policy developers and researchers…as well as people involved in education, safety, and social and economic development. Participants will examine models of good practice and public health leadership and share their experiences, all towards building a stronger community of practice for health equity on PEI.

Join us to learn more about

  • the social determinants of health and how they contribute to disparities in health
  • the role of public health in improving health outcomes across population groups
  • projects in PEI that are focused on improving the conditions that lead to health
  • equity work in other provinces and territories

Morning snacks and lunch are provided.

Click here to register by March 30.

For more information, please contact Patsy Beattie-Huggan at asi@thequaich.pe.ca

  • Presenters:
  • Karen Fish
    Karen Fish

    Karen Fish, BJ, MA

    Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Karen has worked for twenty-plus years as a researcher, writer, and editor specializing in health, science, and science and society issues. She has worked for the National Council on Ethics in Human Research, the Agence d’évaluation des technologies et des modes d’intervention en santé, and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. She has helped to communicate the results of studies into the resilience of Nova Scotia Youth, best practices in university-community collaborations, and citizen engagement processes for mobilizing people around food security. Karen is also an experienced instructional designer and teacher, and currently teaches courses linked to the Service Learning Program at StFX University. She earned her Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and her MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University.

    kfish@stfx.ca

Building Public Health Leadership Momentum for Advancing Health Equity

Thursday, April 4 -  3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC)

Leadership is an important factor in effectively working to advance health equity in Canada and needs to be strengthened. During this session, we will look at our multi-year contribution to leadership development and incremental steps over the next two years will be discussed.

Click here to visit the conference web site and download the conference brochure.

 

  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

Advancing Health Equity Through Organizational Standards and Competencies: Examples of this Promising Practice in Ontario

Wednesday, April 3, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC)

This presentation will highlight how public health organizations in Ontario are advancing health equity through the promising practice of “Competencies/Organizational Standards.” This panel presentation is particularly relevant to public health practitioners and decision-makers in Ontario who are currently developing and implementing strategies to reduce health inequities.

Click here to visit the conference web site and download the conference brochure.

  • Presenters:

Resources in our Library:

Using Progressive Disclosure to Explore Strategies for Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

Wednesday, April 3  at 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m at The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC)

This workshop will explore strategies for advancing health equity through action on the social determinants of health using the local and regional case studies that we developed in 2012. The case studies are designed to help public health practitioners advance health equity within the scope of their practice. They are also designed to support decision-makers as they consider approaches to action to address the social determinants of health. The workshop will use an interactive progressive disclosure to explore such concepts as leadership, intersectoral action and community engagement in public health.

Click here to visit the conference web site and download the conference brochure.

  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

Resources in our Library:

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:
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

What does it take to be a leader for health equity?

With the increasing focus on health equity and recognition of the importance of structural interventions for addressing the underlying social determinants of health, there have been repeated calls for strong and effective public health leadership.

But what does it take to be a leader for health equity? What factors enable public health leadership? And how are these factors different across Canada?

The NCCDH is analyzing evidence and translating knowledge on this topic.

In this webinar, we will review the preliminary findings of:

  • interviews with key public health leaders using an appreciative inquiry approach
  • a scoping review of the literature

Recent, practice-based examples of public health leadership for health equity will also be profiled.

Advisors on tap:

Jane Underwood, Underwood & Associates

Dr. Sande Harlos, Medical Officer of Health, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Lynn Vivian-Book, Faculty, Memorial University, former Assistant Deputy Minister (Income, Employment and Youth Services) with the Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment

To sign up, click here.

Health Region Interventions: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health—Equity and Structural Lenses (Webinar)

The Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), in partnership with the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) is pleased to present Health Region Interventions: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health—Equity and Structural Lenses. 

There is an increasing focus on health equity in the world of population health research and recognition of the importance of structural interventions for addressing the underlying determinants of health. This presentation will provide an overview of the methods and the results of a jurisdictional scan of health region activities related to the social determinants of health.

The focus of the presentation will be on the lenses used in the research to analyze how various population health interventions address equity and drive structural changes.

Please join us to discuss the different approaches that health authorities are currently using to address the social determinants of health.

Advisors on tap:

Andrew MacNeil: Analyst, Canadian Population Health Initiative, Canadian Institute for Health Information. BA, MPA

Hannah Moffatt: Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. BSc, MPH

 TO SIGN UP, CLICK HERE.

  • Presenters:
  • Andrew MacNeil, 

Creative Solutions to the Challenges of Health Equity and Local Population Health Status Reporting

We’re working with CHNET-Works! To bring you another Fireside Chat . On December 6th, at 1:00 p.m., we’ll explore creative solutions to integrating health equity into local population health status reporting.

Increasingly, population health status reports are key evidence in the creation and realignment of public and population health policies. The National Collaborating Centre is working to strengthen the integration of social determinants and health equity in population health status reporting processes. To learn more, click here .

This webinar will focus on two examples, exploring how challenges related to health equity and small area health status calculation and analysis have been overcome.

1. In Nova Scotia, life expectancy was proposed as one of the health statuses to be monitored at the small area level.  As a result, new strategies were developed to combine data at various levels so that reliable estimates could be made.  It is now possible to compare life expectancy differences across the province and better assess equity issues in both large and small communities.

2. In British Columbia, an online and field survey was implemented (February 2012) with questions similar to the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS).  One of the objectives was to collect a sample size that ensured better representation of the diversity of the community.  The result has been a community survey process that was successful in collecting data from a representative sample of adults in order to inform a community wellness strategy.

Who should attend?
This webinar will be of interest to epidemiologists and statisticians, but also to program managers and public health practitioners who struggle with how to get the data they need to inform and evaluate local interventions.

Advisors on tap:

Mikiko Terashima, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Science Program
Community Health & Epidemiology, Dalhousie University

Dr. Mikiko Terashima holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. (Population Health and Epidemiology), a Master's degree in Planning, and diploma in Geographic Information Systems. Her research focuses on the geography of social inequalities in health and disease mapping. Mikiko has analyzed the relationships between community level deprivation and various health statuses in Nova Scotia, and how the health gaps between most and least deprived communities have widened recently. Her current research interests are centered on how to better incorporate evidence in social inequality in health into health systems research.

Jat Sandhu, BSc(Hons) MPH MSc PhD
Regional Director, Public Health Surveillance Unit
Office of the Chief Medical Health Officer
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Dr Jat Sandhu, is the Regional Director of the Public Health Surveillance Unit at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. The Unit was established in 2007 to support regional public health practice in the areas of health assessment, disease surveillance, epidemiological investigations and knowledge exchange. The Unit was recognised as a national leading practice for public health by Accreditation Canada in November 2010.

Dr Sandhu contributes to public health capacity development through his faculty appointments at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, as well as being primary placement supervisor for field epidemiologists with the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

For more information, and to sign up, click here.

 

Resources in our Library:

A networking event in Montreal

A networking event at the 16th Journées annuelles de santé publique (JASP) in Montreal

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health invites you to meet with other public health practitioners working to advance health equity, and find out more about Health Equity Clicks: Community. Light refreshments will be served.

Event details:

For more information, please contact Pemma Muzumdar.

Let’s talk about health … for everyone

Health is more than health care. It’s about where we live, work, play and learn. Not everyone gets the same chance to be healthy. By working together, we can change that.

An interactive public forum.  Reception to follow.

Special guests:

  • Robert Strang, Chief Public Health Officer, Nova Scotia
  • Donna Murnaghan, Nursing, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Lynn McIntyre, Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
  • Louise Potvin, Social and Preventive Medicine, Université de Montréal
  • Gaynor Watson-Creed, Medical Officer of Health, Capital District Health Authority

Join us to network and learn more about:

  • The social determinants of health, health equity, and the role of public health in addressing health equity
  • Initiatives to address health inequities
  • What others in Nova Scotia are doing to advance health equity

November 20th, 2012, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership, 4th floor, Gerald Schwartz School of Business, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

A Frank McKenna Leadership Encounter 

(Registration is encouraged - click here or email kfish@stfx.ca)

A Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership Encounter Series, sponsored by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, St. Francis Xavier University, Public Health Association of Nova Scotia and Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority.

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NCCDH Advisory Board members conduct seminars at St. FX

Faculty, students, and community members are invited to attend seminars with our Board members at St. Francis Xavier University.

River Deep, Mountain High-Determinants of Health and Chronic Disease with Carol Timmings
9:45 -11:30 a.m. room Mount St. Bernard 001

Mental fitness and the four behaviours for preventing chronic disease among school-aged children with Donna Murnaghan
11:15 -12:05 p.m. room 351 Nicholson Hall

Homelessness, health and housing: The role and capacity of the health sector with Jim Frankish
1:05 - 2:00 p.m. room J Bruce Brown Room 237

Gender, sexuality and health with Rod Knight
1:05 - 2:00 p.m. room Frank McKenna Centre

The Inequality Paradox: The Population Approach and Vulnerable Populations with Louise Potvin
4:00 - 5:05 p.m.  room Dennis Hall, Coady Institute

The feminization of poverty and women's health with Madeline Boscoe
4:30 - 6 p.m. room Frank McKenna Centre

Working on the determinants of Aboriginal health and education: Building resilient youth and families

Monday, November 19th,  7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership, 4th floor, Gerald Schwartz School of Business

A presentation and discussion with:

  • Don Fiddler, National Advisory Board member, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health; National Advisory Board Co-Chair, National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health; District Principal for Aboriginal Education, Vancouver School Board.

With a response from:

  • Dr. Cheryl Bartlett Canada Research Chair in Integrative Science, a concept pioneered with Aboriginal; Elders and educators at Cape Breton University. She was recently named to the Order of Canada for her work on two-eyed seeing and integrative science.

Aboriginal health and educational attainment are influenced by social and economic factors, such as income, social status, work, housing, and the physical environment. Don Fiddler has been working with Aboriginal youth within the education system, and participating in national projects to reduce health inequities for Aboriginal populations. Mr. Fiddler calls upon the existing resilience of families and youth to build healthier individuals and communities.


A Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership Encounter, sponsored by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health and the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Communities, The Indigenous Peoples Research Cluster, Department of Anthropology St. Francis Xavier University.

Improving the Health of Adults with Limited Literacy: What's the Evidence?

Health Evidence in partnership with the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health will be hosting a 90 minute webinar funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (KTB-112487), on interventions to improve the health of adults with limited literacy, presenting key messages, and implications for practice on Wednesday October 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm EST. Maureen Dobbins, Scientific Director of Health Evidence, will be leading the webinar, which will include interactive discussion with Karen Fish, Knowledge Translation Specialist at the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health.

This webinar will focus on interpreting the evidence in the following review:

Clement, S., Ibrahim, S., Crichton, N., Wolf, M., Rowlands, G. (2009). Complex interventions to improve the health of people with limited literacy: A systematic review. Patient Education & Counseling, 75(3): 340-351.

For those not able to make it at the scheduled date and time, an online posting board will be available following the webinar to view the PowerPoint slides, recording of the presentation, and questions asked and answered during the session.


Click here to register

New realities, same determinants of health: Your role in advancing health equity in Newfoundland and Labrador

Health professionals and community leaders from Newfoundland and Labrador are invited to join the NL-Public Health Association  and the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, with support from the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools , for a knowledge exchange workshop.

The learning objectives of the workshop are: 

• To advance public health leadership to address the determinants of health and reduce health inequities
• To exchange knowledge and leadership opportunities for collaborative action on the determinants of health
• To identify enabling factors, opportunities and challenges to support health professional and community partnerships

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. October 16, 2012

Please note that the NL-Public Health Association will hold their Annual General Meeting from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Registration is open to everyone at no cost. Limited seating is available; therefore, please register in advance.

This educational event is designed for public health practitioners to enhance knowledge and skills to meet the Core Competencies of Public Health in Canada: Release 1.0 – specifically in the categories of “Partnership, Collaboration, and Advocacy” and “Leadership.”

For more information please contact Elizabeth Wright.

NCCDH and NCCMT will partner to host two webinars featuring popular health equity tools

Two National Collaborating Centres –Determinants of Health (NCCDH) and Methods and Tools (NCCMT) jointly present a two-part fireside chat series featuring health equity tools.

 

  • Part 1- Promoting Action on Equity Issues: A Knowledge-To-Action Handbook (Oct. 10, 2012 - 1 PM EDT) - 10/10/2012

    Working to address health inequities?

    Promoting health equity is central to public health. However, there are specific challenges in addressing the knowledge-to-action (KTA) gaps related to issues of health equity, and few resources to assist either public health or knowledge translation practitioners in developing KTA strategies in this area.

    Looking for support in developing an equity-focused knowledge –to-action strategy?

    "Promoting Action on Equity Issues: A Knowledge-To-Action Handbook," provides a framework and worksheets that can be used to develop an equity-focused knowledge translation strategy. There are four major sections:

    1. Knowledge Translation 101 (an overview of knowledge translation)
    2. Getting ready (practical guidance to frame a knowledge translation strategy)
    3. Starting in the right place (a six-step process to plan an equity-focused knowledge translation strategy based on organizational readiness and stage of the initiative)
    4. Developing a comprehensive strategy (concrete examples of strategies for using evidence to address health inequities)

    The handbook, developed by Bowen, Botting & Roy (2011) and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, draws on the results of KTA research assessing strategies across several different projects.

    To register, click here.

  • Part 2 Health Equity Tools – Health Equity Impact Assessment Tool (October 17, 2012 -1 PM EDT) -

    Working to address health inequities? Looking for support in identifying your impact on health inequities?

    The Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Tool is designed to help organizations both inside and outside the health care system identify the impact of their work on the health of the population.

    The tool has two components: A workbook that explains the five steps of an HEIA; and a template for users to record the results of each step.  The five steps of the HEIA process are 1) scoping, 2) identifying potential impacts, 3) mitigation, 4) monitoring, and 5) dissemination.

    The HEIA tool also has a Public Health Unit supplement and a French Language Services supplement for staff with distinct language responsibilities.

    This tool can:

    • Help identify possible unintended health equity impacts of decision making (positive and negative) on specific population groups
    • Support equity-based improvements in policy, planning, program or service design
    • Embed equity in an organization’s decision-making processes, and
    • Build capacity and raise awareness about health equity throughout the organization

    Join us to learn more about this tool and the application of other health equity impact assessment tools in public health practice
    Advisors on Tap:

    • April MacInnes, Health System Strategy and Policy Division,  Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Ontario
    • Dr. Ingrid Tyler, Physician, Public Health Ontario
    • Dr. Ninh Tran,  Associate Medical Officer of Health, Public Health Services , City of Hamilton
    • Jo Ann Salci, Public Health Nurse, Social Determinants of Health, Public Health Services, City of Hamilton

    To register, click here.

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Intersectoral Action & the Social Determinants of Health: What's the Evidence?

Health Evidence in partnership with the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health will be hosting a 90 minute webinar funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (KTB-112487), presenting key messages and implications for practice in the area of social determinants of health on Wednesday September 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm EST. Maureen Dobbins, Scientific Director of Health Evidence, will be leading the webinar, which will include interactive discussion with Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Knowledge Translation Specialist at the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health.

This webinar will focus on interpreting the evidence in the following review:

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2012). Assessing the impact and effectiveness of intersectoral action on the social determinants of health: An expedited systematic review. Antigonish, NS: National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, St. Francis Xavier University.


A discussion thread on Health Equity Clicks: Community is available for any advance questions. 

For those not able to make it at the scheduled date and time, a discussion thread will be available following the webinar to view the PowerPoint slides, recording of the presentation, and questions asked and answered during the session.

Click here to register for this webinar

  • Presenters:
  • Maureen Dobbins, Scientific Director of Health Evidence, 
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

Canadian Public Health Association 2012 Conference: Public Health in Canada: Creating Healthy Environments

Public health and environmental health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics and students from across the country and around the world will meet in Edmonton, Alberta for the 2012 Annual Conference of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA).

Conference Objectives

  • To put forward the latest research, programs, approaches and policies proven to have a positive impact on environmental conditions affecting health.
  • To profile successful strategies, policies and initiatives aimed at safeguarding or improving environmental conditions at the local, regional, provincial/territorial, national and global levels.
  • To provide networking and knowledge exchange opportunities for those with an interest in public health and/or the environment including those who work in research, those who devise and implement policy, and those who advocate and act across a wide range of disciplines.
     
  • Purposeful Reporting to Advance Health Equity: Making It Possible in Canada - June 11, 2012

    Presented by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health.

     

  • Health Equity Clicks: An Online Community for Public Health Practitioners Working to Advance Health Equity - June 12, 2012

    Presented by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health.

     

  • Building Public Health Leadership Momentum for Advancing Health Equity - June 12, 2012

    Presented by Connie Clement.

    NCCDH is implementing a Public Health Leadership Development Initiative. The purpose of the Initiative is to advance health equity and positive public health leadership. The first implementation steps of the NCCDH Public Health Leadership Initiative will be reported in this presentation including:

    • Evidence and expert opinion about leaders/organizations which are achieving health equity outcomes through public health action
    • Enabling factors/conditions; provincial/territorial differences; and how opportunities/challenges are being or could (should) be addressed
    • Options regarding public health leadership strategies at a pan-Canadian level

    During this session NCCDH’s multi-year contribution to leadership development and incremental steps over the next 2 years will be discussed. NCCDH will support Public Health leaders to increase knowledge, skills to advance health equity by:

    • Disseminating findings & encouraging other organizations/networks to further their leadership in Determinants of Health and Health equity
    • Engaging in leader-specific exchange events
    • Designing other products with consideration of senior & middle public health management as an audience
       

    Over the long term it is anticipated that Public Health accountability mechanisms will become more effective through the contribution of the NCCDH Public Health Leadership initiative.
     

     

  • Intersectoral Action to Advance Health Equity: Evidence from an Expedited Review - June 12, 2012

    The National Collaborating Center for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) conducted a rapid review on intersectoral action, as an evidence-informed strategy to address social inequities in health. The rapid review targets the needs of public health practitioners (e.g. nurses, health promoters, nutritionists, policy analysts etc), decision-makers and researchers to take intersectoral action. The expedited review included a process of question identification, systematic search, appraisal and synthesis of peer reviewed and grey literature. The National Collaborating Center for Determinants of Health will publish materials online at www.nccdh.ca. Final deliverable products will include a longer project report and a short summary report. The long report will include background, project scope, methods, analysis, synthesis, and findings. The short report will include main themes and action oriented messages for public health practitioners.

  • Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada: A Tool for Advancing Health Equity - June 13, 2012

    Presented by Claire Betker.

    In 2007, the Public Health Agency of Canada released the Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada following an extensive consultation process. This initiative sought to assess and appraise the core competencies with a view to strengthen it with a Determinants of Health approach. The National Collaborating Center for Determinants of Health assessed the first release of the core competencies for inclusion of a Determinants of Health perspective and compared sets of core competencies from other jurisdictions to reveal how a Determinants of Health perspective can be included. This session will discuss where the Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada supports advancing health equity and where more specific content related to Determinants of Health could be included to support public health practitioners to address the Determinants of Health and advance health equity.

     

  • Presenters:
  • Connie Clement
    Connie Clement

    Connie Clement, BSc

    Scientific Director

    Connie Clement joined the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) in January 2011. Previously, Connie was the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Toronto, a venture philanthropy collaborative, and Health Nexus/Nexus Santé, Canada’s premiere health promotion consultancy. She was Director of Planning and Policy at Toronto Public Health when six public health units merged, and previously held varied health promotion and sexual health management and front-line positions. Connie holds a BSc in Biology/Sociology from Trent University.

    cclement@stfx.ca

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Summer Institute: Advancing Health Equity, Building on Experience National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH)

The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH) are pleased to announce that our 2012 Summer Institute will be held from May 15-16, 2012 at the Delta Grand Hotel, in Kelowna, B.C. This year's theme is: Advancing Health Equity, Building on Experience. Visit the event website for more information.

NCCDH workshops at the 2012 Summer Institute:

  • Power of Networks Part I: Tapping into the Power of Networks for Public Health - May 15, 2012

    At the end of the session participants will:

    • Have a clear understanding of the definition and application of networks and network theory fundamentals as it relates to public health;

    • Understand how the formal and informal networks they operate in can be leveraged for improved work outcomes;

    • Appreciate the process for visualizing and assessing their networks with regard to potential opportunities, difference and diversity, effectiveness, sustainability, and connectedness to other networks;

    • Have developed specific actions that they want to take upon their return to develop, reframe or recombine their networks.

    Lively and interactive methods will be used to help participants develop a deeper understanding of how networks are at play, what they can do to understand and leverage their networks and the people and connections within them. The workshop will include a brief presentation on network theory and a series of hands on experiences to generate and analyze participant networks. Workshop materials will include a resource workbook and links to reading materials. Where possible we will engage participants in the larger network visualization exercise as a way to have them apply their learning and practice their skills.
     

  • @NCCDH_CCNDS uses an online community & social media tools to spark exchange on #SDH #health #equity - May 16, 2012

    The 2010 NCCDH Environmental Scan identified the need for increased knowledge exchange among pan-Canadian public health professionals working to integrate the social determinants of health into their practice. In response, the NCCDH developed an online network that allows public health professionals to interact on an ongoing basis and deepen their knowledge and expertise to advance health equity. The network was informed by community of practice theories as well as a 2012 consultation with public health stakeholders.

    In this workshop, participants will use interactive tools to explore the value of the network to their practice. With a focus on strengthening public health leadership and advancing health equity, demonstrations will highlight how online discussions, podcasts and videos increase network members' access to evidence and expertise. Participants will be encouraged to share existing social media accounts (e.g. Twitter and Linkedin) and will learn how the network builds relationships and fosters collaboration among public health professionals.

    Participants will: increase their knowledge of the context in which public health practitioners address the social determinants of health; and, develop skills to integrate social learning theories as they work to advance health equity.

  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca
  • Faith Layden
    Faith Layden

    Faith Layden, MA, MPA

    Program Manager

    Faith has been with the NCCDH since February 2007 and is involved in strategic and operational planning, program monitoring and evaluation. She earned her MPA at the University of Victoria and has an MA in French from Dalhousie University. Faith has worked with teams at the University of Victoria, a national non-profit organization and the BC provincial government.

    flayden@stfx.ca
  • Connie Clement
    Connie Clement

    Connie Clement, BSc

    Scientific Director

    Connie Clement joined the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) in January 2011. Previously, Connie was the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Toronto, a venture philanthropy collaborative, and Health Nexus/Nexus Santé, Canada’s premiere health promotion consultancy. She was Director of Planning and Policy at Toronto Public Health when six public health units merged, and previously held varied health promotion and sexual health management and front-line positions. Connie holds a BSc in Biology/Sociology from Trent University.

    cclement@stfx.ca

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6th National Community Health Nurses Conference

The event title is Wisdom to Action: The power to shape change. To register, visit the conference website.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Building Public Health Leadership to Advance Health Equity,
May 14, 9:30am-4:30pm
Connie Clement and Claire Betker

Networking Café: Building Community Health Nursing Capacity for Intersectoral Action To Advance Health Equity
May 16, 3:30-4:30pm
Claire Betker

Keynote Address
May 16, 8:45am
Claire Betker  

 

  • Presenters:
  • Connie Clement
    Connie Clement

    Connie Clement, BSc

    Scientific Director

    Connie Clement joined the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) in January 2011. Previously, Connie was the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Toronto, a venture philanthropy collaborative, and Health Nexus/Nexus Santé, Canada’s premiere health promotion consultancy. She was Director of Planning and Policy at Toronto Public Health when six public health units merged, and previously held varied health promotion and sexual health management and front-line positions. Connie holds a BSc in Biology/Sociology from Trent University.

    cclement@stfx.ca

Staying Ahead of the Curve: Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC)

The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) is hosted jointly by Public Health Ontario, the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA), and the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa).

TOPHC aims to advance public health in Ontario by increasing the knowledge and skills in the workforce and attracts government stakeholders from local, provincial and federal levels, and front-line public health professionals, such as health promoters, epidemiologists, public health nurses, physicians, researchers, policy makers and other groups to register. TOPHC includes an exciting mix of both research presentations that share new knowledge and educational workshops that build and refine practical skills.

Workshop: “Building public health capacity for intersectoral action to advance health equity through action on the social determinants of health”

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

1:15pm to 4:45pm

 

Visit the event website for more information.

  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    seyoh@stfx.ca

At the Crossroads of Research and Action on Health Equity: Building Leadership Competency for Public Health Practice

This is the second of a two part educational case study series offered by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. The series highlights the development and application of research- and practice-based evidence for community based interventions on the social determinants of health to advance health equity.

This Fireside Chat (webinar) discussion will feature an educational case study illustrating an initiative related to health equity that is working at the intersection of research and practice.

Strong public health leaders, with leadership skills and public health knowledge, are required at the local level to ensure effective public health services. However, in the Montérégie Regional Health Authority many senior managers of health service delivery organizations had little knowledge and no training in public health. This case study illustrates how through using the opportunity of being a Fellow in the Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA) program of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation allowed Dr. Sauvé to develop, implement and evaluate a project to address leadership development within the regional health authority.

  • Presenters:
  • Dr. Jocelyne Sauvé, Medical Officer of Health, Montérégie Regional Health Authority, 
  • Faith Layden
    Faith Layden

    Faith Layden, MA, MPA

    Program Manager

    Faith has been with the NCCDH since February 2007 and is involved in strategic and operational planning, program monitoring and evaluation. She earned her MPA at the University of Victoria and has an MA in French from Dalhousie University. Faith has worked with teams at the University of Victoria, a national non-profit organization and the BC provincial government.

    flayden@stfx.ca

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