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Promoting Health for Older Adults Part 5: Reorienting health services for health equity of older adults

This event took place in English, with closed-captioning in English and simultaneous French interpretation.  


This webinar is part of a series co-developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) and Health Promotion Canada (HPC) based on content from the book entitled “Promoting the Health of Older Adults: the Canadian Experience” (PHOA). 

This fifth webinar in the series will reinforce the importance of reorienting health services for older adults to promote health equity, address the social determinants of health, and shift from an illness to a wellness approach. The roles of public and community health, primary health care, and social services will be explored, including how health and social services intersect to create conditions essential for the health of older adults. Examples of community-based and collaborative initiatives that reinforce a holistic view of health will be shared.  


Participants will learn about:  

  • How public health, primary health care, and community social services intersect to promote the health of older adults 
  • The role of public health to work across sectors to develop and sustain health-supporting environments for older adults 
  • Linking clinical and social services to engage communities, promote social inclusion, and improve health outcomes  


This webinar will be of interest to practitioners, educators, policymakers, academics, researchers and organizations working in aging.  

It will also benefit advocates for older persons in health promotion, public health, gerontology and community development, as well as in related fields such as nursing and social work.   


Dianne Oickle,
Specialist, NCCDH   
Irving Rootman,
contributor and
co-editor, PHOA
Marcy Cohen, 
Co-chair. Community-Based Seniors’ Services Leadership Council, United Way
Fran Grunberg,
contributor and
co-editor, PHOA  
Pegeen Walsh,
Executive Director
Ontario Public Health Association (retired), contributor PHOA 


Related Resources

Promoting the Health of Older Adults: the Canadian Experience   

Webinars 1 - 4 of this series.

Health Promotion Canada webinar series 

Equity-informed responses to COVID-19 – older adults  

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