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Let’s Talk: Ethical foundations of health equity

This Let’s Talk document discusses the ethics embedded in of health equity. It draws on the concepts of currencies and principles of justice as they relate to interventions designed to improve health equity.

A guide to assessment tools for organizational health equity capacity

This guide explores tools that can be used to assess organizational capacity as a facet of existing organizational assessments. This guide is part of the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)’s Organizational Capacity for Health Equity Action Initiative (OCI).

Public health action to address tuberculosis in homeless shelter settings: A curated list

This curated list developed jointly by the NCCDH and National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) highlights resources that support public health planning and intervention to address tuberculosis (TB) risk and control in homeless shelter settings.

A model for increasing organizational change capacity for health equity

This conceptual model identifies four concepts for successful organizational change and how change capacity applies to health equity action in public health. It is a part of the NCCDH’s Organizational Capacity for Health Equity Action Initiative (OCI).

The Toronto Indigenous Health Advisory Circle (TIHAC): Advancing self-determined Indigenous health

This case story from the Toronto Indigenous Health Advisory Circle (TIHAC), the NCCDH and Muskrat Media describes the formation of TIHAC and the creation of the first self-determined Indigenous health strategy in Canada. It outlines the relationships, conditions and decisions that led to the creation of a strong strategy for Toronto.

Towards healthy homes for all: What the RentSafe findings mean for public health in Canada

This summary document provides an overview of recent work by RentSafe, a program under the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and the Environment (CPCHE), including recent findings and recommendations that can inform public health action on housing as a social determinant of health.

Health equity and the built environment: A curated list

This curated list from the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) highlights resources that support and inform public health action on the built environment as a determinant of health inequities.

Health equity learning pathway for public health middle managers

This self-directed learning tool is designed for public health middle-managers with diverse experiences, disciplines and tenure. The tool helps cultivate the knowledge, skills and attitudes public health middle managers need to facilitate the development and implementation of public health strategies and interventions that reduce health inequities.

A gaps analysis to improve health equity knowledge and practices

This gap analysis by the NCCDH focuses attention on the most pressing needs in advancing health equity in public health. It offers guidance for researchers, policy-makers, government decision-makers and public health practitioners.

Building a culture of equity in Canadian public health: An environmental scan

This third environmental scan from the NCCDH responds to recent concerns about the Canadian health sector’s significant decline in commitment to public health programs and services. The scan explores implications for the public health sector in undertaking effective action to address the social determinants of health and improve health equity in this context.

Public health leadership to advance health equity: A review summary

This report summarizes the key findings of a scoping review and metasummary on public health leadership action for health equity. It explores essential elements and opportunities for leadership development.

Public health leadership for action on health equity: A literature review

This report offers a summary of the comprehensive literature review that Dr. Claire Betker completed as part of her dissertation research. It provides an overview of the available literature regarding public health leadership for action on health equity.

Key public health resources for anti-racism action: A curated list

This reading list is designed to offer a starting point for public health practitioners hoping to deepen their understanding of the causes and implications of structural racism. In addition, the collection highlights different strategies for dismantling racist systems and offers examples of communities that have experience success with these aims.

Let’s talk: Racism and health equity

The seventh release in our Let’s Talk series discusses racism as a critical factor that impacts health and wellbeing. The concepts of race, racism and racialization are described, with attention to settler colonialism and structural racism.

Public health use of digital technology to advance health equity

This paper presents findings on two surveys of how public health professionals exchange knowledge and act to improve the social determinants of health and health equity in digital spaces like social media.

Foundational documents in health equity: A curated list

NCCDH staff chose seven documents that have significantly informed our understanding of how health is affected by structural (e.g., global and national economic policy) and intermediate (e.g., income and education) determinants of health. This list provides a brief description of the contribution for each of these documents.

Toward health equity: Practical actions for public health inspectors

A framework and user guide have been developed for environmental public health staff, and other public health agencies or departments that deal with environmental health issues, to help identify potential actions on the social determinants of health and health equity.

Economic arguments for shifting health dollars upstream

This discussion paper presents key economic arguments that support the call to re-think how we distribute health care dollars, concluding that a shift towards the upstream determinants of health is warranted on the basis of economics, as well as social justice values.

Public Health Speaks: Intersectionality and health equity

Public health practitioners and researchers discuss the application of intersectionality in social determinants of health and health equity practice, policy and research.

Multiple actors bringing diverse knowledge to improve health equity: Dialogue proceedings

These proceedings summarize an open space forum held in Quebec City in 2015. The event explored the question: “What are the opportunities to reduce social inequities in health if we bring together knowledge gathered from experience, intervention, research, and decision-making?”

Let’s Talk: Advocacy and health equity

The latest addition to the NCCDH’s “Let’s Talk” series discusses advocacy within public health. Attention is brought to the shift towards advocacy in upstream policy and structural change. Discussion questions are included to help public health staff examine their work.

Equity-integrated population health status reporting: Action framework

This resource presents an accessible action framework for those directly engaged in creating community health status reports, as well as those interested in learning how to use population health status reporting to drive action to improve health equity.

Public Health Speaks: The Power of People and Systems

This document summarizes an online conversation—hosted by the NCCDH in 2013— about developing the skills and competencies needed by public health staff, and the organizational systems that need to be in place, to support health equity work.

Communicating the social determinants of health: Income Inequality and Health

This document applies common messaging guidelines to the challenge of communicating the connection between income inequality and health inequality. The guidelines were published by the Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Health.

Learning to work differently: implementing Ontario’s Social Determinants of Health Public Health Nurse Initiative

This case study explores the development and implementation of social determinant of health public health nurse (SDH PHN) positions across Ontario’s 36 public health agencies. The report explores the supports and barriers to implementing equity-focused positions to improve public health organization capacity to act on SDH and advance health equity. This is one of a series of case studies about leadership for health equity.

Learning from practice:  Equity in influenza Prevention in Saskatoon

This is the story of Saskatoon Health Region’s (SHR) work to improve immunization rates and reduce the spread of influenza in Saskatoon’s six core neighbourhoods. SHR’s existing strong socio-economic and health disparities data made it possible to prioritize these core neighbourhoods for H1N1 vaccination programs.

Learning from practice:  Equity in influenza prevention in Manitoba

This story describes how Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors prioritized Aboriginal peoples in its response to the 2009-10 H1N1 influenza pandemic, and used this experience to further develop influenza prevention and immunization equity measures.

Public health speaks: Intersectoral action for health equity

In this video, public health decision-makers and researchers discuss the necessity to work across sectors and organizations to improve the social and economic factors that affect the distribution of health.

Boosting momentum: Applying knowledge to advance health equity - 2014 Environmental scan

This report is a follow-up to the NCCDH’s 2010 environmental scan, Integrating social determinants of health and health equity into Canadian public health practice. It is based on a literature review, focus groups and key informants, and identifies ways that the context and practice of health equity work in the public health domain have changed since 2010.

Let's Talk: Moving upstream

This condensed guide describes how public health works at three levels—downstream, midstream, and upstream—to improve everyone’s chance for good health. It provides definitions, examples and strategies to help practitioners and decision makers think about, and work with, the upstream determinants of health.

Let's Talk: Populations and the power of language

This condensed guide was designed to help individual practitioners, teams and organizations be more intentional about the language we use to describe populations, so that our words empower people and communities.

Let's Talk: Universal and targeted approaches to health equity

Research indicates that interventions designed to close the gap between the most and least healthy can unwittingly result in a wider gap. This resource is a condensed guide to the differences, strengths and challenges of targeted, proportionate and universal approaches to improving health equity.

Let's Talk: Health equity

What is the difference between health inequality, health inequity, and health equity? This document explores the concept of health equity and how it applies to public health practice.

What are the social determinants of health?

This factsheet provides background information on the social determinants of health.

Environmental scan of school readiness for health

This review of the literature describes school readiness from a health and early child development perspective.

Public health observatories: Learning from our world neighbours

This report describes Canadian experiences in attending the “Health Observatories: Learning from Our World Neighbours, 2008” meetings hosted by the London Public Health Observatories.

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