Public health speaks: Intersectoral action for health equity
“People need to believe that you have their interest at heart as much as your own. A big piece has been us being willing not just to take but also to give.” Dr Gaynor Watson-Creed
To effectively take action to improve access to the social determinants of health, public health is called to work with other sectors. In this video, public health decision-makers and researchers reflect on the necessity for intersectoral action, and share tips for successfully working with others. They discuss 1) examples of intersectoral action, 2) structures that support intersectoral action and 3) the importance of staying open to different perspectives and recognizing mutual priorities.
This video was filmed at the Researcher-practitioner workshop on health equity: Bridging the Gap held in February 2012.
- Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed, Medical Officer of Health, Capital Health, Halifax
- Dr. Marjorie MacDonald, Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Victoria
- Dr. Cory Neudorf, Medical Officer of Health, Saskatoon Regional Health Authority
- Althea Arsenault, Manager of Resource Development, New Brunswick Social and Economic Inclusion Corporation
- Stéphane Leclair, Executive Director, New Brunswick Social and Economic Inclusion Corporation
- Dr. Sande Harlos, Medical Officer of Health, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
- Gail Turner, Director of Health Services, Health and Social Services, Nunatsiavut (retired)
Use this resource to
- refine your rationale for putting resources into intersectoral collaborations
- learn from the experiences of other public health actors about how to work effectively with non-health partners
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2013). Public Health Speaks: Intersectoral action for health equity [video]. Antigonish, NS: National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, St. Francis Xavier University.