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Making the case for health equity: Winnipeg’s experience

The NCCDH produced a series of case studies that profile action on the social determinants of health in various setting. The cases are designed to help public health practitioners in a range of settings advance health equity within the scope of their practice.

Public health leaders took advantage of relevant, local and comparative health data – and a possible media interest – to focus regional managers’ attention on the health of people from Winnipeg’s poorest neighbourhoods. They were turning up in city hospitals at two or three – sometimes even five – times the rate of the city’s wealthiest residents. The data provided a catalyst for action that now involves managers from all areas of the health region and is strengthening ties with anti-poverty and other community organizations. Their approach casts a health equity lens over all aspects of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, including health services delivery and long-term care.

Use this resource to

  • Use local data to build a case for health equity issues.
  • Gain the support of senior health managers on health equity initiatives.
  • Find and nurture health equity champions, both internally and externally.
  • Create links between evidence on health equity and existing health priorities.
  • Support and build on the work of existing community partners.
  • Build and maintain motivation.

For more information, download this case study, a related presentation, and a summary of the case study methods.


National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2012). Making the case for health equity: Winnipeg’s experience. Antigonish, NS: Author.



Tags: Assess and report, Case study, Income inequality, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, Report / Document

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