New report and DVD from the NCCAH: Transforming our realities: The determinants of health and Indigenous Peoples

Transforming our realities: The determinants of health and Indigenous Peoples is the third in a series of forums on the social determinants of Indigenous peoples' health. This forum focused on various mechanisms for exploring Indigenous social determinants of health, including infrastructure needs, partnerships and/or collaborations to assist in moving on a health agenda, and tools to assist in facilitating intersectoral collaboration to address social determinants of health within communities.

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Webinar: Intersectionality and health equity: Exploring opportunities for public health practice and policy

December 12th, 2016 1-2:30p.m. EST [Note: This webinar will also be delivered in French on December 13, 2016 at 1-2:00 p.m. EST] 


Presented by the National Collaborating Centres for Determinants of Health and Healthy Public Policy.


This webinar will introduce participants to the concept of intersectionality and discuss opportunities to incorporate intersectionality into the theory, design, analysis, and interpretation of public health actions to improve health equity. This will be of particular interest for those seeking to influence the structural determinants of health/causes-of-the-causes. The presenters will discuss their understanding of intersectionality and how it can be applied in public health practice, policy and research focused on the social determinants of health and health equity. They will identify opportunities to better integrate an intersectional lens into various aspects of equity-oriented public health activity.


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Toward health equity: Practical actions for Public Health Inspectors

The NCCs for Environmental Health and Determinants of Health (NCCEH and NCCDH) have collaborated to produce two new resources to help environmental public health practitioners address the social determinants of health. 

Practitioners can use these two tools to reflect on their current practice and identify practical actions for use in their day-to-day work or for broader program planning.

  • The Framework outlines 10 considerations to help practitioners identify how equity work relates to their role and how they can begin to take action. It can be used by staff with any degree of knowledge or experience related to health equity.
  • The User Guide highlights potential points of influence for frontline staff, managers, and educators. Together, these tools support reflective practice, collaboration, and action toward equity-integrated environmental public health.

Download these new resources from the NCCEH website or from the NCCDH Resource Library.

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Presentations and workshops at Public Health 2016

The NCCs for Public Health are pleased to participate in the Public Health 2016 program by leading and/or contributing to several sessions. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet NCC staff and learn about recent work! Learn more about Public Health 2016 here. 

Monday, June 13

15:30 – 17:00

  • NCCAH: Geography, land, and environment as determinants of Indigenous peoples’ health and well-being in Canada (Symposium- Chestnut west, Mezzanine level)
  • NCCDH: Health promotion: passing the torch to the next generation (Symposium - Sheraton hall A, Lower concourse)
  • NCCDH: How can we contain health costs and improve health equity? (Symposium - Maple room, Mezzanine level)

17:00 – 20:00

  • Making connections: The NCCs for Public Health networking dinner

Tuesday, June 14

12:00 – 13:30

  • Networking lunch with exhibitors (Grand ballroom, Lower concourse)

13:30 – 15:00

  • NCCAH and NCCEH: Integrating Indigenous community planning into a healthy built environment (Symposium -Sheraton hall A, Lower concourse)
  • NCCHPP: Policy approaches to reducing health inequalities (Workshop - Osgoode ballroom, East lower concourse)

15:30 – 17:00 

  • NCCs for Public Health: Success and lessons learned about knowledge translation and social media strategies: ten years on (Collaborator session - Sheraton hall B, Lower concourse)
  • NCCDH: Intersectionality and health equity: exploring an evidence-based framework for influencing intersecting systems of power (World café - Sheraton hall C, Lower concourse)
  • NCCDH: Advocacy for health equity: understanding how power informs our advocacy work and helps us advocate effectively (World café - Sheraton hall C, Lower concourse)

17:00 – 18:30

  • Networking reception with exhibitors (Grand ballroom, Lower concourse)

 Wednesday, June 15 

8:30 – 10:00

  • NCCDH: Health equity, social justice and the racialization of Canadian society (Grand ballroom, Lower concourse)

12:00 – 13:30

  • Networking lunch with exhibitors (Grand ballroom, Lower concourse

14:00 – 15:30

  • NCCAH: A call to action: pathways to First Nations, Inuit and Métis health equity in Canada (Symposium – Maple room, Mezzanine level)
  • NCCDH: Doing health equity work using a collective impact approach, (Symposium – VIP room, Concourse level)
  • NCCMT: Making friends with systematic reviews: Be comfortable with assessing the quality of reviews & interpreting forest plots in 90 minutes! (Workshop – Birchwood ballroom, Mezzanine level)

15:30 – 17:30

  • Networking with poster presenters (Sheraton Hall E & F, Lower concourse)
    • NCCID, Poster 32: Getting a grippe on influenza
    • NCCDH, Poster 119: Making connections and sharing knowledge on the social determinants of health through social media: A survey of public health professionals
    • NCCMT, Poster 120: Are online learning resources effective to build capacity for evidence-informed decision making?

Thursday, June 16

9:00 – 10:30

  • NCCDH: Collaborating for health equity: Building organizational capacity; Framing for action; Using health equity assessments; Using a network approach (World café, Sheraton hall C, Lower concourse)

11:00 – 12:30

  • NCCHPP: How can I choose a public health ethics framework that is suited to my practical needs? (Workshop, Willow west & centre, Mezzanine level)

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Looking forward and looking back – What have we learned from our efforts to strengthen public health in Canada?

The NCCs are always interested in learning how they have influenced public health in Canada. In 2015-2016, we asked: What impact has our work had on public health knowledge, practices, organizations and systems to date? And, how can this inform how we move forward? The NCCs are pleased to have worked with Dr. Natalie Kischuk, a current fellow at the Canadian Evaluation Society, and Nancy Anna Hanusaik. For more information about this work, visit the collaborative projects section of the website. 

New! Action framework for equity-integrated population health status reporting (PHSR)

Building upon earlier population health status reporting (PHSR) work by the NCC for Determinants of Health, the six NCCs have produced a resource for 

- Teams creating community health status reports

- People interested in learning how to use PHSR to drive action on improving health equity

To learn more, click here.


Exploring Health Equity and Collective Impact in the North West

In February 2016, the NCCs for Determinants of Health and Aboriginal Health hosted The North West Health Equity Forum. Using an innovative approach, the event linked over 100 stakeholders to explore a collective impact approach to improving health equity in rural/remote settings. For more information on this event, visit the NCCDH blog, and check out the event Storify (English only) for related resources and social media highlights from the event.


CETAR Website 

As a longstanding member of CETAR (the Communications and Education Task Group on Antimicrobial Resistance), the NCC for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) has maintained the website In an effort to better streamline content, the NCCID has completed a major re-vamp of the site. Check it out!


Join the NCCs at TOPHC 2016!

The NCCs for Public Health are participating in The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) to be held in Toronto, April 4 - 6, 2016. Visit our outreach booth, and follow our tweets throughout the conference using the hashtag #TOPHC2016 and @NCCs_LesCCN. For more information, including the full conference program, event blog, and registration details, visit the TOPHC 2016 website.

 NCC webinars this March - Mark your calendars!

The NCCs are offering several webinars during the month of March. Visit our collaborative event calendar for more information. 

Join the NCCs at CDPAC 2016! 

The NCCs for Public Health will participate in the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada’s (CDPAC) national conference, “Integrated Chronic Disease Prevention: The Value Proposition”, February 23-25, 2016 in Toronto. Visit our outreach booth in the exhibit hall, and follow our tweets throughout the conference using the hashtag #CDPAC2016 and @NCCs_LesCCN. For more information, visit the conference website.


Call for applications - Knowledge translation graduate student awards 

Each year, the six NCCs for Public Health recognize the work of graduate students regarding knowledge translation (KT) in public health in Canada. Up to three awards will be given annually at the CPHA Annual Conference, Public Health 2016. Travel, accommodation and registration fees will be covered up to a maximum of $1,500.


Applications are open to students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program (full or part-time) OR students who completed a graduate degree in the last 12 months. Applicants must be students at a Canadian academic institution, and in a discipline relevant to public health.

To download the application form, click here. Please note that the deadline for applications is March 28, 2016.

 For further information, please contact Donna Ciliska at 



NCCEH Student Project Award

The NCCEH Student Project Award is an annual award offered in partnership with the Environmental Health Foundation of Canada (EHFC) for students enrolled in Canadian post-secondary institutions offering a Public Health Inspection (PHI) program or a degree in public health. Entries must be submitted by Friday May 27 at 3:00 p.m. (Pacific Time). For more information, visit the NCCEH website. 


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NCCDH Survey: Digital Technology, Social Media, the Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity

The NCCDH is inviting public health professionals to complete a survey to assess how digital technology (including social media) is being used to support action on the SDOH and health equity. Your input is important to gain these insights and ensure that the centre can best support your efforts. Please take 10-15 minutes today and click here to complete the survey. For more information, visit the NCCDH website. 


Check out our collaborative calendar for upcoming events from the NCCs for Public Health!

This January, join us for the following:


Check out the latest newsletter from the six NCCs for Public Health! (November 2015)

The NCCs for Public Health will participate in the Journées annuelles de santé publique (JASP), to be held in Montreal, December 8-9, 2015. 

Visit our outreach booth  in the exhibit hall (booth K), and meet NCC staff at the following presentations (presented in French):

  • De la petite enfance au grand âge : promouvoir la santé mentale à travers le parcours de vie 
  • Faut-il protéger les gens contre eux-mêmes? 
  • Laboratoires d’idées ? L’équité en santé à l’heure des réformes : agir localement en misant sur la participation citoyenne et l’action intersectorielle 

We will be tweeting throughout the conference, sharing resources from all six NCCs using the hashtag #JASP2015. Follow us on twitter @NCCs_LesCCN.


As part of a mental health series produced by the National Collaborating Centre on Aboriginal Health (NCCAH), authors Sherry Bellamy and Cindy Hardy explore post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression among Aboriginal peoples in Canada. For more information, click here. 


What are the major issues facing environmental health practitioners in public health? The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) explored this these at their 81st annual educational conference titled “Looking Back, Moving Forward” held in Ottawa September 13-16, 2015. Read the NCCDH blog here. 

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