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Webinar: Measuring what counts in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: Equity indicators for public health

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

This event is hosted jointly by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) and the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID).


In this webinar, speakers will discuss the development and application of a public health emergency preparedness framework, corresponding indicators and health equity prompts.

The framework and 67 corresponding indicators were developed by a Canadian team of public health researchers through a program of CIHR-funded research. Recognizing the value of these tools in the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCCID and NCCDH collaborated to develop a set of equity prompts for practitioners, decision makers and organizations to apply in emergency preparedness planning, response and recovery efforts. 

The webinar will conclude with a discussion of the next phase of research, as well as the development of a dashboard.

Participants will learn about:

  • a Canadian public health emergency preparedness framework and corresponding indicators;
  • the process taken by the National Collaborating Centres for Infectious Diseases and Determinants of Health for evidence review and augmentation of the indicators, with equity prompts for use in the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond; and
  • how the research findings and the resource can be applied in practice and by an organization.


Claire-Betker Margaret-Haworth-Brockman
Claire Betker, Scientific Director, NCCDH Margaret Haworth-Brockman, Senior Program Manager, NCCID
Dr. Yasmin Khan, Emergency Preparedness Physician, Health Protection, Public Health Ontario  

Related resources:

Measuring what counts in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: Equity indicators for public health (2020) Public health emergency preparedness framework and indicators: A workbook to support public health practice (2020)
"Are we prepared? The development of performance indicators for public health emergency preparedness using a modified Delphi approach" (2019)


Click here to access the recording (English only)

  • Presenters:
  • Margaret Haworth-Brockman, Yasmin Khan, 
  • Claire Betker
    Claire Betker

    Claire Betker, RN, MN, CCHN(C), PHD

    Scientific Director

    Claire arrived on March 4, 2019, as the NCCDH’s scientific director. A registered nurse, she was most recently the acting Executive Director of the Population and Public Health Branch with Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living. Her career has included roles in rural public health and home health, primary health care, a regional health authority and the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as previously serving as a senior knowledge translation specialist with the NCCDH. Claire is currently the president of the Canadian Nurses Association and a past president of the Community Health Nurses of Canada. Her PhD work focused on the capacity for public health leadership to advance health equity, a knowledge base that greatly informs her contributions to the NCCDH and the public health field. Claire brings a wealth of expertise, rich networks and a passion to translate knowledge and evidence, especially to position public health to advance health equity.

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