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Empower the community: New Brunswick’s approach to overcoming poverty

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.

Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan”, empowers communities to address poverty. Over 2500 New Brunswick residents contributed to the development of the plan, and were invited to join one of 12 Community Inclusion Networks across the province.  The plan is being implemented by engaging leaders and volunteers to identify community issues, and build momentum toward long-term solutions. This is a new approach that requires excellent collaboration among local organizations, and connections to relevant research to ensure that plans are based on the best possible evidence.

Use this resource to

  • Develop or support existing community-driven coalitions for poverty reduction
  • Build on the knowledge inherent in communities
  • Find and incorporate local research sources into planning, in the absence of formal research links
  • Overcome challenges associated with community poverty reduction approaches, including the role of public health to ‘lead from behind’

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). Bridging the gap between research and practice: Empower the community-New Brunswick’s approach to overcoming poverty. Antigonish, NS: Author.

Tags: Case study, Healthy public policy, Income inequality, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, Report / Document

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