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The health of Canada’s children and youth: A CICH profile

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The Canadian Institute of Child Health (CICH) has developed a series of topic-specific modules that consolidate over 400 indicators on the health and well-being of children aged 0 to 5 and their families. The modules compile data on a variety of child- and youth-related topics, including:

  • the context of children’s lives, including demographics, family composition, health outcomes, economic inequities and international comparisons;
  • genetics and pediatric health;
  • primary health services; and
  • the health profile of immigrant children and youth in Canada.

Two of the modules have an emphasis on the social determinants of health. Module 7 (English only at this time) is specific to Indigenous early childhood development and was developed using a determinants of health model. Module 8 (English only at this time) is more broadly applicable to early childhood development and includes an early childhood partnership tool that can be customized to identify partnership opportunities for particular program needs. Both modules feature innovative examples of intersectoral initiatives that show how data have been used to lead action on early childhood development.

This project is a collaboration between the Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health (CCSDH), the Canadian Institute for Child Health (CICH) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The modules will be useful for anyone working with children or designing interventions to support children’s growth and development.

Use this resource to

  • develop intersectoral partnerships to address early child development in public health programs;
  • identify opportunities to share resources, expertise and ideas among partners in early childhood health and well-being;
  • support the development of interventions promoting action to address social determinants such as Indigeneity, income inequity, inadequate housing and food insecurity; and
  • advocate for early-childhood resources and programs by demonstrating where health inequities exist.


Canadian Institute of Child Health (2018). The health of Canada’s children and youth: A CICH profile. Canadian Council for Social Determinants of Health and Canadian Institute for Child Health: Canada.

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