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October 29, 2020 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. (ET)

Webinar: Moving health promotion forward as an accredited discipline


This event took place in English.

This webinar was jointly presented by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) and Health Promotion Canada.

Health promotion is a discipline that is continually striving to maintain its value base, its culture and its focus on tackling the wider socioecological determinants of health, all of which are entrenched in the Ottawa charter for health promotion.

Role of health promotion practitioners

Health promotion practitioners play an important role in the following activities:

  • Initiating and supporting partnerships across sectors
  • Developing and implementing programs
  • Advocating for and creating policy change
  • Supporting the development of positive environments
  • Providing quality, evidence-based services founded in health literacy.

Health promotion professionals hold a holistic view of health based in values of equity, self-determination, social justice, participation and empowerment. For this reason, they bring a unique contribution to current public health challenges.

Role of health promotion work

Health promotion work is integral to a number of sectors, including public and community health, education, community organizations and the private sector.

Health Promotion Canada developed core competencies for health promotion practice in Canada in 2015, bringing forward the possibility of moving health promotion towards an “accredited” discipline.

There is a common belief that, in order for the health promotion field to defend and uphold its position as a unique specialist discipline, consideration should be given to bringing an accreditation system to Canada for this field of practice.

This webinar explores the options for an accreditation system for health promotion practitioners in Canada and how this action can support working towards health equity.

Speakers on this webinar :

  • describe international health promotion accreditation processes and credentialing systems;
  • explore options for health promotion accreditation in Canada; and
  • discuss the role of health promotion accreditation to strengthen the ability to focus on socioecological determinants, social justice and health equity.


Dianne Oickle  
Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH Christine Preece, Chair, Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition 
Liane Comeau, Executive Director, International Union for Health Promotion and Health Education  


Related resources:

Health Promotion in Canada: New perspectives on theory, practice, policy, and research, 4th edition (2018)