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Communicating to propel organizational capacity for action on health equity

This resource is also available in French.

This 2021 resource from the NCCDH provides guidance for health equity champions and leaders at all levels of public health organizations on how to effectively communicate about health equity in order to build capacity public health action.

The document is based on a literature scan and the expertise of research and practice experts through a learning circle process as part of the Organizational Capacity for Health Equity Action Initiative (OCI).

Approaches to communicating about health equity

To build effective internal and external communication strategies on public health, the guide outlines key approaches to communicating about health equity to compel and sustain action within organizations.

Health equity champions and leaders are encouraged to emphasize several key approaches to health equity communications:

  • Create a realistic sense of urgency
  • Lead with shared values
  • Describe a clear vision
  • Make a rational and emotional case
  • Benchmark
  • Interpret and modify messages
  • Repeat messages
  • Disseminate information about progress

The guide also describes formal and informal channels that can be used to communicate about health equity. It also provides a number off practical tips for developing effective messages about the social determinants and health equity.

Use this resource to

  • increase your understanding of the role of communication in building capacity for health equity;
  • identify opportunities to increase capacity for health equity within your organization through effective communication;
  • strengthen the communication skills of health equity champions and leaders; and
  • develop well-designed, well-resourced internal and external communication strategies about health equity.

Reference

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2021). Learning Together: Communicating to propel organizational capacity for action on health equity. Antigonish, NS: NCCDH, St. Francis Xavier University.

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Tags: Communicate, Competencies & organizational standards , Leadership & capacity building, Organizational capacity, Organizational Capacity Initiative (OCI), National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, Report / Document

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