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Capitalizing on change: Building leadership competency in public health in Quebec

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.

Extensive changes to the health structure in Québec meant that public health risked being lost in the shuffle. Legislation in November 2005 merged public health services, traditionally provided through community service locations, into regional centres that included long-term care facilities and hospitals. Seizing the opportunity, Dr. Jocelyne Sauvé, Public Health Director for the region of La Montérégie, developed a detailed training program to embed a population health approach in the new managers, many of whom had little or no experience in public health. Her program was a resounding success, and is now being implemented province-wide, instilling a population-health perspective into all health service delivery.

Use this resource to

  • Develop leadership in public health and health equity.
  • Make inroads into health care by capitalizing on public health successes.
  • Make ‘systems change’ by building health equity into planning and performance indicators.

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: Building leadership competency in public health - Taking advantage of changes in health delivery in Québec. Antigonish, NS: Author.

Tags: Case study, Leadership & capacity building, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, Report / Document

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