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Promoting Health for Older Adults Part 2: Equitable and age-friendly communities

This event took place in English, with closed-captioning in English.


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 second webinar in the series will explore the opportunities and challenges to creating supportive environments that promote health and equity for older Canadians. Speakers will discuss research efforts and policy developments to support the health of older adults, with attention to age-friendly programs and environments as a way to promote the health and quality of life of older adults.

Participants will learn about:

  • how supportive environments underlie health equity and the social determinants of health for older adults;
  • features of age-friendly communities and the challenge of inequities in age-friendly initiatives;
  • factors that influence the age-friendliness of communities and their capacity to become more equitable;
  • the importance of housing for older adults, including difficulties faced by smaller cities and communities to achieve age-friendly housing; and
  • examples of policies and programs that address key components of supportive and equitable age-friendly environments (housing and social support)

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
Irv Rootman
Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH 
Irving Rootman, Health Promotion Canada, contributor and co-editor, PHOA
Verena Menec, University of Manitoba, contributor PHOA, Age-Friendly Communities and Equity
Suzanne Garon
Mélanie Levasseur, Université de Sherbrooke & Research Centre on Aging, contributor and co-editor, PHOA: Building Healthy Environments in an Aging Society
Suzanne Garon, Université de Sherbrooke & Research Centre on Aging, contributor PHOA, Housing in Later Life


Related resources

Promoting the health of older adults: The Canadian experience Equity-informed responses to COVID-19 – older adults
Webinar recording: Public policy for equity and healthy aging (2022) Health Promotion Canada webinar series
Webinar recording: Public policy for equity and healthy aging (2022)
  • Presenters:
  • Dianne Oickle
    Dianne Oickle

    Dianne Oickle, MSc, BSc

    Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Dianne is a registered dietitian who has been with NCCDH since 2014. Prior to that, her career included 16 years of frontline practice focused mostly on reproductive and child health in rural settings with many diverse clients. As a white settler cis-gendered woman, her passion for meaningful engagement of people with lived expertise of inequities to inform public health priorities drives her motivation. Her work at NCCDH focuses on community engagement, mental health promotion, intersectoral practice, equity in environmental public health, movement building, and digital equity. Dianne earned a BSc at St. Francis Xavier University and an MSc at the University of Saskatchewan. 

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