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Health equity in an era of reform: acting locally through citizen engagement & intersectoral action

19es Journées annuelles de santé publique.  This session will be held in French.

This session is co-hosted by the Quebec Population Health Research Network, the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

The think tank is a new concept developed for JASP 2015. Its objective is to share knowledge and ultimately develop the most practical solutions to complex issues inherent to public health. This session will start with a presentation of a real life case, followed by small group discussions. Experts will be invited to provide insight and comment on what emerged from discussions.

Reducing social inequalities of health (SIH) is a fundamental value and drives everyday efforts in public health. To do so, it is critical to act on daily life conditions of individuals (e.g., transportation, housing, school success) and to work in partnership with citizens and a variety of intersectoral actors from the community, i.e. the new centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS; health unit), municipalities, local employment centre, school boards, libraries, community organizations, etc.

In this era of profound structural changes in Quebec, particularly in the health and social services sector, it is important to adapt and align collaboration approaches accordingly. Local and regional development dynamics are shifting tremendously and provide opportunities to work together in identifying how we can build on our strengths and work towards reducing SIH. Creation of a single health and social services unit in each region (the CISSS) leads us to reflect on public health interventions that will target specific areas with the objective of efficiently working intersectorally and fostering citizen engagement.

This think tank will provide a breeding ground for ideas. It will help us identify, based on a case study, new ways of promoting the development and sustainability of supportive, fair and inclusive communities with a view to reduce SIH. Participants of different backgrounds are invited to enrich discussions and to share their knowledge gained through research, experience, actions, and management. 

This event is for practitioners, managers, and researchers of various sectors, including education, municipal governments and public health. An interdisciplinary audience would be desirable for a wealth of experiences and ideas to be shared.

More specifically, at the end of the session, participants will have the capacity to:
• recognize issues related to reducing SIH at the regional level;
• identify, in this new context, key levers that would facilitate intersectoral action and citizen engagement;
• develop a course of action to accelerate reduction of SIH at the regional level.

The full program is available at: 

  • Presenters:
  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh
    Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh

    Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, MHSc

    Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Sume has professional experiences in equity-focused organizational and community development and change, social justice education, HIV/AIDS prevention, research, knowledge translation, evaluation and women's rights with local, provincial and global organizations. Sume has previously contributed to teams at the Program Training and Consultation Centre of the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy, the Regional Diversity Roundtable, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Southern African AIDS Trust and the Centre for Social Justice. Sume holds a Masters of Health Sciences in Health Promotion and Global Health from the University of Toronto.

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