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Webinar: Increasing the success of health equity change initiatives: Organizational enablers and barriers

This webinar took place in English.

As part of the Organizational Capacity for Health Equity Action initiative, the NCCDH is hosting a series of webinars to discuss ways to strengthen organizational capacity for health equity. The webinar series is based on evidence, learning circle discussions and experiences of the two public health organizations implementing organizational change projects. This is the second webinar in the series.

Organizations seeking to improve their capacity to address health equity are encouraged to understand the broad barriers, enablers and success factors for successful change.

The Organizational Capacity Initiative adopts Klarner et al's conceptual model for change capacity as a basis for examining the capacity of public health organizations' to change when adopting health equity approaches. This conceptual model integrates capacity for change into change management theory (Klarner, P et al, 2007) and has previously been applied to organization-wide change at the World Health Organization (Klarner, P et al, 2008). In this model, as well as in the wider literature, change is characterized in several ways that are essential to properly understanding and effecting organizational change capacity.

This webinar reviews key concepts related to an organization's ability to successfully implement health equity change initiatives. It also explores dichotomies such as managerially induced (internal) versus environmentally induced (external) change and proactive versus reactive change.

The capacity of an organization to change

The Organizational Capacity for Health Equity Action Initiative is exploring ways in which public health organizations can develop their change capacity to introduce a health equity lens in their work.

This webinar is primarily intended for leaders, managers, working groups and anyone involved in health equity change programs. It will most benefit those who are responsible for operationalizing work around health equity and organizational change initiatives.

Participants will learn about

  • essential concepts and practices to support successful health equity change initiatives;
  • examples of how to apply Klarner et al's conceptual model to effecting organization-wide change; and
  • how to develop a process that is built collectively with internal stakeholders (e.g. staff, managers, leaders)


Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh,
Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH
Samiya Abdi, Senior Program Specialist, Public Health Ontario

Related resources

The Path Taken: Developing organizational capacity for improving health equity in four Ontario health units (2015) Building your capacity to facilitate health equity action: Learning pathways for public health middle managers (pending) Advancing provincial and territorial public health capacity for health equity: Proceedings (2015)
  • Presenters:
  • Samiya Abdi, 
  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh

    , MHSc

    Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh a cumulé beaucoup d’expérience professionnelle au sein d’organismes locaux, provinciaux et internationaux dans les domaines suivants : changement et développement communautaire et organisationnel axés sur l’équité, sensibilisation à la justice sociale, prévention du VIH/sida, recherche, application des connaissances, évaluation et droits de la femme . Elle a contribué au travail d’équipe au sein du Centre de formation et de consultation de Stratégie Ontario sans fumée, de la Regional Diversity Roundtable, du Ontario HIV Treatment Network, du Southern African AIDS Trust et du Centre for Social Justice. Sume détient une maîtrise en sciences de la santé, en promotion de la santé et en santé globale de l’Université de Toronto. 

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