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Webinar: Applying a health equity lens to program planning

This webinar took place in English. 

This webinar was co-hosted by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) and the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT).

Program planning is one of the core roles of public health and community organizations, establishing clear direction, priorities and methods for measuring success. Tools and frameworks for program planning provide essential supports to organizations wishing to address the social determinants of health and health equity at a community and population level.

In addition, existing processes can be strengthened to address health equity through the incorporation of additional tools or “lenses” that cue practitioners to identify key elements necessary to address health inequities.

Community planning tool

This webinar explores the Community planning tool: Applying a health equity lens to program planning resource available from Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia. The resource serves as an example of how to apply a health equity lens to complement current program planning practices.

We discuss the resource’s seven planning steps, which are:

  • assessing inequities;
  • developing partnerships;
  • engaging community;
  • selecting approaches;
  • implementation and monitoring;
  • progress assessment; and
  • maintaining momentum.

Speakers reflect on practical examples where this tool has been applied and offer guidance on how to approach each of these steps. This tool is of interest to frontline practitioners and leaders at all levels of the public health system, especially program managers and directors, as well as community-based organizations.

Listeners will learn about: 

  • seven steps to program planning with a health equity lens;
  • applying this tool to current program planning and implementation processes; and
  • the practical application of a multi-step process for addressing health equity through community and public health programs.


DIanne Oickle
DIanne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH Kristin Read, Research Coordinator, NCCMT
Meghan Martin,
Regional Immunization Leader, Fraser Health Authority
Samantha Tong, Team Lead, Health Equity and Population Health Unit, Fraser Health Authority

Related resources

Community planning tool: Applying a health equity lens to program planning Self-Evaluation Tool for Action in Partnership Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s approach to addressing the determinants of health: A health equity framework
Community planning tool: Applying a health equity lens to program planning (2018)
Health equity impact assessment (HEIA) tool Webinar: Health-in-all policies as a health promotion strategy Webinar recording: Contrasting entry points for intervention in health promotion practice
  • Presenters:
  • Meghan Martin, Samantha Tong, Kristin Read, 
  • Dianne Oickle

    , M.Sc., B.Sc.

    Spécialiste du transfert des connaissances

    Dianne est diététiste et fait partie de l’équipe du CCNDS depuis 2014. Elle avait auparavant travaillé sur le terrain pendant 16 années, principalement en santé génésique et infantile auprès d’une clientèle diversifiée en milieu rural. Femme blanche cisgenre issue du peuple colonisateur, Dianne prône l’engagement indispensable des personnes vivant des iniquités au processus d’établissement des priorités de santé publique. Au CCNDS, ses fonctions concernent l’engagement communautaire, la promotion de la santé mentale, les pratiques intersectorielles, l’équité en santé publique environnementale, la création de mouvances et l’équité numérique. Dianne détient un baccalauréat ès sciences de l’Université St Francis Xavier et une maîtrise ès sciences de l’Université de la Saskatchewan. 

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