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Webinar: Health-in-all policies as a health promotion strategy

This webinar took place in English. Click here to view the recording (English only).

The NCCDH and Health Promotion Canada (HPC) collaborated on a series of webinars to highlight several chapters of the book Health Promotion in Canada 4th edition: New Perspectives on Theory, Practice, Policy, and Research (2018). The goal was to explore how various themes in this book apply to public health action on health equity by pairing the authors’ content with practitioner perspective on application to public health practice.

The concept of health-in-all policies, or HiAP, is a relatively recent notion that builds on the concepts of multisectoral action, whole of government and healthy public policy. Increasingly becoming a health equity strategy for public health organizations and practitioners, HiAP recognizes the roots of health in economic and political policies, as well as acknowledging the multiple levels of government involved in decisions that have an impact on population health. With a focus on policy-making and implementation, HiAP incorporates health impact assessment as a tool to identify the influence of non-health sector actions on health outcomes, and identifies health as being influenced by individual, ecological and systemic factors.

This webinar explores the concept of HiAP and how it has come to be a health promotion strategy for public health action on health equity. We discuss opportunities and challenges for implementing HiAP, as well as the importance of evaluating impact on the social determinants of health. We also include practice examples relating to the implementation of HiAP, identifying the role for public health to advocate for this approach and participate in it actively.

Listeners will learn about

  • HiAP as an intersectoral strategy for action on health equity;
  • steps involved in the implementation of HiAP at various jurisdictional levels;
  • agenda-setting and capacity-building as challenges for HiAP; and
  • examples of HiAP implementation as a health promotion strategy for action on health equity.


Dianne Oickle,
Knowledge Translation Specialist,
Ketan Shankardass,
Chair, Department of Health Sciences,
Wilfrid Laurier University
Victoria Barr,
Program Manager,
BC Healthy Communities

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Click here to access the recording (English only)

Webinar: Health in all policies as a health promotion strategy

Other related webinars in this series include:

  • Presenters:
  • Ketan Shankardass, Victoria Barr,, 
  • Dianne Oickle
    Dianne Oickle

    Dianne Oickle, MSc, BSc

    Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Dianne is a dietitian with over 15 years’ experience working in public health in Ontario focused on reproductive and child health in a mostly rural setting with many diverse clients. Part of her work involved development of practice guidelines for health professionals, train-the-trainer initiatives, public presentations, educational resource development, working with the media, community coalition and network support, writing for the public and professionals, and program planning, implementation, and evaluation. She has taught university nutrition courses, worked with the provincial network supporting and advocating for dietitians in public health practice, and precepted over 20 dietetics and other students. Dianne earned her BSc in Nutrition and Consumer Studies (now Human Nutrition) at St. Francis Xavier University, and her MSc in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan.

    [email protected]

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