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Webinar: Applying a health equity lens to program planning

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

This webinar was co-hosted by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) and the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT).

Program planning is one of the core roles of public health and community organizations, establishing clear direction, priorities and methods for measuring success. Tools and frameworks for program planning provide essential supports to organizations wishing to address the social determinants of health and health equity at a community and population level.

In addition, existing processes can be strengthened to address health equity through the incorporation of additional tools or “lenses” that cue practitioners to identify key elements necessary to address health inequities.

Community planning tool

This webinar explores the Community planning tool: Applying a health equity lens to program planning resource available from Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia. The resource serves as an example of how to apply a health equity lens to complement current program planning practices.

We discuss the resource’s seven planning steps, which are:

  • assessing inequities;
  • developing partnerships;
  • engaging community;
  • selecting approaches;
  • implementation and monitoring;
  • progress assessment; and
  • maintaining momentum.

Speakers reflect on practical examples where this tool has been applied and offer guidance on how to approach each of these steps. This tool is of interest to frontline practitioners and leaders at all levels of the public health system, especially program managers and directors, as well as community-based organizations.

Listeners will learn about: 

  • seven steps to program planning with a health equity lens;
  • applying this tool to current program planning and implementation processes; and
  • the practical application of a multi-step process for addressing health equity through community and public health programs.


DIanne Oickle
DIanne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH Kristin Read, Research Coordinator, NCCMT
Meghan Martin,
Regional Immunization Leader, Fraser Health Authority
Samantha Tong, Team Lead, Health Equity and Population Health Unit, Fraser Health Authority

Related resources

Community planning tool: Applying a health equity lens to program planning Self-Evaluation Tool for Action in Partnership Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s approach to addressing the determinants of health: A health equity framework
Community planning tool: Applying a health equity lens to program planning (2018)
Health equity impact assessment (HEIA) tool Webinar: Health-in-all policies as a health promotion strategy Webinar recording: Contrasting entry points for intervention in health promotion practice


Click here to access the recording (English only)

  • Presenters:
  • Meghan Martin, Samantha Tong, Kristin Read, 
  • Dianne Oickle
    Dianne Oickle

    Dianne Oickle, MSc, BSc

    Knowledge Translation Specialist

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

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