Learning from Practice: Joint Action for Equity - Community-centred collaboration responds to Cargill outbreak
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This Joint Action for Equity story is part of the Learning from Practice Series.
This and other stories from the Joint Action for Equity project — a collaboration of the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) and National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) — highlight principles and practices that support improved relationships between public health and primary care, and the important role of communities in strengthening health systems.
This collection of stories provides examples of multisectoral partnerships and considerations for advancing the principles of primary health care and health for all.
This practice example illustrates how public health collaborated with primary care and community organizations to improve population health and health equity.
This story demonstrates the importance of multisectoral engagement and community leadership to improve health outcomes, foster intentional networks and relationships prior to crises, and leverage those relationships to improve response in times of need. It is also a story about how immigration status, employment, and working conditions are powerful determinants of health, and how advocating for decent and safe work is integral to promote health equity.
The NCCDH and the NCCID published a précis that summarizes strategic levers to strengthen relationships between public health and primary care. This story showcases how the collaborative response to the Cargill COVID-19 outbreak in Alberta, Canada was supported by the following strategic levers:
- Establish formal networks;
- Increase community governance and engagement; and
- Strengthen data, surveillance and digital systems.
The levers and lessons learned from this collaborative outbreak response between public health, primary care, and community organizations can support public health to enhance multisectoral action, relationship-building, and advocacy on the determinants of health to improve health equity.
Use this resource to:
- facilitate discussion with an example of how relationships and formal networks are integral parts of equitable interventions, practices and policies;
- recognize the power of engaged communities and multisectoral collaboration to support and enhance the efforts of public health and primary care in striving for health equity;
- build support for formalized networks and improved collaboration between public health, primary care, and community organizations.
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2023). Learning from Practice: Joint Action for Equity - Community-centred collaboration responds to Cargill outbreak. Antigonish, NS: NCCDH, St. Francis Xavier University.