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Webinar: Informing public health programs through engagement with communities that live with health inequities

This event took place in English. Click here to access the recording (English only).

Community engagement (CE) is an important step towards understanding the unique circumstances facing populations living with inequities. This is especially true when considering these communities’ opportunities and barriers to achieving health.   

Having authentic and ongoing relationships with communities that experience marginalization – beyond one-time engagement events or client satisfaction – requires eliminating processes and practices that make decisions for those communities without their direct and meaningful involvement.

Community engagement (CE) skills

For public health practitioners, the skills, resources and tools for meaningful and participatory CE are beneficial for informing decision-making on actions to address health inequities.  

This webinar explores CE as a strategy to reduce the marginalization of populations most impacted by health equities. Speakers reflect on the necessary shift from seeing the community as more than just a target audience for service delivery to drawing on them as a resource to inform public health priorities. It also explores practice-based examples, barriers to and opportunities for CE, ways to establish and maintain engagement with community members and stakeholders, and the importance of evaluating CE. 

Listeners will learn about: 

  • mechanisms to develop and support relationship-building and community engagement to address health inequities;
  • examples of short- and long-term practices to engage communities that experience inequities; and
  • strategies to increase community influence on public health program decision-making.


Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH Heather Chase, Community Developer, Horizon Health Network Nancy Stewart, Health Promoter, Public Health Services, Nova Scotia Health Authority

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Click here to access the recording (English only)

  • Presenters:
  • Heather Chase, Nancy Stewart, 
  • 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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