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Public Health Speaks: Intersectionality and health equity

In partnership with the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP), the NCCDH brought a small group of public health practitioners and researchers together to share perspectives on the relevance and application of intersectionality in public health. Intersectionality is an approach or lens that recognizes that health is shaped by a multi-dimensional overlapping of factors such as race, class, income, education, age, ability, sexual orientation, immigration status, ethnicity, indigeneity, and geography.

This resource summarizes an October 2015 conversation facilitated by Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Knowledge Translation Specialist at NCCDH with:

  • Anna Travers, Director, Rainbow Health Ontario
  • Samiya Abdi, Health promotion consultant, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Public Health Ontario
  • Dr. Olena Hankivsky, Professor & Director, Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy, Simon Fraser University
  • Val Morrison, Research Officer, NCCHPP

The contributors discuss their understanding of intersectionality and how it is currently applied in public health practice, policy and research focused on the social determinants of health and health equity. They identify gaps and opportunities to better integrate an intersectional lens into various aspects of equity-oriented public health activity.

Use this resource to:

  • Identify opportunities to integrate intersectionality into public health practice, policy and research
  • Design program and policy interventions that address multiple structures of power and disadvantage
  • Develop training activities for staff


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National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health and National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy. (2016). Public Health Speaks: Intersectionality and health equity. Antigonish, NS and Montreal, QC: Author.

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