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Webinar: Movement-building for system change and health equity

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


“Movement building is the effort of social change agents to engage power holders and the broader society in addressing a systemic problem or injustice while promoting an alternative vision or solution” [1, p. 5]  


Public health efforts in social justice and policy change to achieve health equity require multi-level action across health and non-health sectors, including community-based organizations and citizens. A ‘movement building’ approach to intersectoral work for health equity goes beyond being part of coalitions and delivering services or programs to “bridge the gap.” Movement building works towards a systemic solution by harnessing the synergy of meaningful relationships that exist based on common values and leveraging different positional roles, strategies and tactics to influence social and institutional change.

The NCCDH recently published a practice brief, which discusses movement building for health equity being rooted intentional and meaningful alliances with social justice organizations, and the importance of addressing power imbalances in cross-sector relationships. Public health plays a necessary role in supporting  the efforts of social movements and community actions that lead to sustainable change in values and policies, which are necessary for system-level change to achieve health equity.

This webinar will bring together Human Impact Partners (HIP) and the Tamarack Institute for a rich discussion about changing the way that we think about intersectoral action and the role of public health in movement building to achieve health equity. This interactive discussion will explore what movement-building is, conditions for systems change and how movement-building intersects with transformative change and community power.

Learning objectives

  • Describe Tamarack Institute and HIP’s movement building work to advance health equity
  • Discuss different ways of understanding power and social change
  • Explore relationships among social justice movements, community organizations, and public health
  • Identify opportunities for transformative systems-level change to achieve health equity


Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH Sylvia Cheuy, Consulting Director, Collective Impact, Tamarack Institute Megan Gaydos, Project Director, Human Impact Partners


1. Akonadi Foundation. (2010). From the roots: Building the power of communities of colour to challenge structural racism. Oakland (USA): Akonadi Foundation: 1-34.

Related resources

Practice brief: "Movement-building as intersectoral practice to achieve health equity" (2021) Let’s Talk: Community engagement for health equity (2021) Intersectoral collaboration to address health equity: A curated list (2015)
Maps to inform intersectoral planning and action (2014) Webinar recording: The tool for assessing the effects of local intersectoral action  


Click here to access the recording (English)

  • Presenters:
  • Sylvia Chuey, Megan Gaydos, 
  • 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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