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Webinar: Peer engagement to inform public health action on substance use and health equity

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

This webinar was jointly presented by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) and the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT).


Peer engagement is described by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) as “the active participation of people with lived experience … in different research, program, and policy decision-making processes.” [1, p.5] Peer engagement in public health work can provide valuable insight into opportunities for effective and meaningful public health action to address risk and preventive factors for substance use.

Understanding of peer engagement principles and practical considerations is necessary for public health to build meaningful relationships with communities with lived experience of substance use to inform the suitability and application of strategies to address health inequities.

Practical tools

This webinar explores the BCCDC document titled Peer engagement principles and best practices: A guide for BC health authorities and other providers as a practical tool to inform health system decisions and priorities to reduce substance use related harms.

Speakers from the Peer Engagement and Evaluation Project (PEEP) reflect on peer engagement principles and best practices for working with communities with lived experience of inequities and substance use. We also highlight practical considerations for the application of peer engagement principles, including how to address issues of stigma and trust and sharing decision-making power.

Listeners will learn about

  • peer engagement principles for working with communities who experience inequities in substance use harms;
  • practice-informed considerations for engaging with peers in authentic and ongoing ways; and
  • application of peer engagement principles to inform decisions and priorities of health authority initiatives to address substance use and health equity.


Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH Kristin Read, Research Coordinator, NCCMT
Charlene Burmeister, BCCDC People with Lived and Living Experience Stakeholder Engagement Lead
Paul Choisil

Related resources


[1] Greer, A.M., Amlani, A.A., Buxton, J.A. & the PEEP team. (2017). Peer Engagement Best Practices: A Guide for Health Authorities and other providers. Vancouver, BC: BC Centre for Disease Control.


Click here to access the recording (English only)

  • Presenters:
  • Kristin Read, Charlene Burmeister, Paul Choisil, 
  • 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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