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Public Health Speaks: The Power of People and Systems

In order for public health to help bring greater equity in the distribution of health, staff need to develop a specific set of skills and competencies, and organizational systems need to be put in place to support an equity-oriented culture.

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health hosted an online conversation to explore the following questions:

  • What are the knowledge, skills and attitudes practitioners need to influence the social determinants of health?
  • How do we develop, implement and sustain an equity-oriented organizational culture in public health?
  • What role does public health leadership play in supporting organizational capacity for equity action?

This summary includes conversation highlights, practice examples and resources shared by participants.

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Consider how to integrate health equity into your organizational culture, processes and priorities

  • Identify practitioner skills and competencies needed to address health equity
  • Learn from examples of how health equity is currently embedded in public health standards and practice
  • Start a discussion on the role of advocacy and the integration of health equity training for public health professionals

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (2014).  Public Health Speaks:  The power of people and systems. Antigonish, NS: National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, St. Francis Xavier University.

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Tags: Competencies & organizational standards , Leadership & capacity building

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