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Webinar: Implications of health inequities for health promotion and public health policy

This webinar took place in English.

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) and Health Promotion Canada (HPC) are collaborating on a series of webinars to highlight several chapters of the recently released book Health Promotion in Canada 4th edition: New Perspectives on Theory, Practice, Policy, and Research. The goal is 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.  

Health promotion is a key strategy to address population health inequities and a core function of public health practice. Recognizing the importance of addressing the social and structural determinants of health, health promotion efforts are shifting towards public policy influences on population health inequities. These efforts are influenced by public policy changes and health system restructuring that can impact both population health inequities and practitioners’ ability to address them.

Health promotion practice

This webinar explores the status of health inequities in Canada and the implications for both health promotion practice and policy-level decisions. Speakers reflect on seven key approaches in health promotion practice directed towards reducing health inequities, with a focus on the influence of public policy and power structures.

The recording also includes a discussion of policy decisions around health system restructuring on inequities, as well as public health action to address these decisions. Practice-based examples, barriers to and opportunities for action by health promotion and public health professionals are also explored.  

Listeners will learn about:

  • key health promotion approaches directed towards addressing health inequities;
  • how inequities are rooted in public policy;
  • how health system reform can impact public health action on inequities; and
  • the influence of power structures on policies that impact inequities.


Dianne Oickle Dennis Raphael Sionnach Lukeman
Dianne Oickle,
Knowledge Translation Specialist,
Dennis Raphael, Professor, School of Health Policy and Management, York University Sionnach Lukeman, Assistant Professor, Elizabeth and Thomas Rankin School of Nursing, St. Francis Xavier University


Related resources

Blog post: "Moving forward in the midst of public health reform" (2019)