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Organizational Capacity for Health Equity Action Initiative: A brief description

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This document provides an overview of the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)’s Organizational Capacity for Health Equity Action Initiative (OCI). The OCI was launched in 2018 to help organizations develop their capacity for health equity action by offering relevant frameworks, strategies and organizational conditions for this work.

Introducing the organizational capacity initiative

The resource outlines the objectives of the project and anticipated outcomes, as well as its long-term goals. These goals include providing models for action on health equity that can be used by all public health organizations – not just the two sites in this pilot.

The description also provides a definition of what organizational capacity means for the NCCDH and offers an explanation for the various elements of the program:

  • The learning circle format
  • The practice sites
  • The literature scans
  • The advisory group

The Brief description is the first in a series of knowledge products to be written to support the OCI, which is the second iteration of the NCCDH’s Learning Together series. The first Learning Together series offered resources related to population health status reporting and was released in 2012.

Use this resource to

  • familiarize yourself and your team with the goals of the OCI;
  • consider whether organizational capacity for health equity is a goal you can introduce at your public health organization; and
  • learn more about the process for conducting your own learning circle groups regarding organizational capacity, which will be addressed in future knowledge products in this series.


View other resources from our Organizational Capacity Initiative


National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2019). Organizational Capacity for Health Equity Action Initiative: A Brief Description. Antigonish, NS: NCCDH, St. Francis Xavier University.

Tags: Leadership & capacity building, Organizational capacity, Document, Report / Document, Learning Together