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17 septembre 2020
Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an increasingly important approach for systematically addressing the social determinants of health at all levels of government. HiAP refers to “an approach to public policies across sectors that systematically takes into account the health implications of decisions, seeks synergies, and avoids harmful health impacts in order to improve population health and health equity”.
In Canada, HiAP is on the radar of several governments, organizations and networks. Advocacy for and the momentum of a HiAP approach has been building, drawing attention to the potential impacts of this approach. Yet challenges to implementation exist across jurisdictions, including the use of a shared language, conflict of interest between sectors, and the need to ensure sustainability. Despite a clear interest, there are few spaces to share and learn from various Canadian and international initiatives and thus accelerate the dissemination and adaptation of promising...
17 septembre 2020Policy Approaches to Reducing Health Inequalities: A practical exercise using the example of food insecurity
This document presents an exercise to be used in conjunction with the briefing note, Policy Approaches to Reducing Health Inequalities, which we advise you to read before doing the exercise. This document is available at: https://www.ncchpp.ca/141/publications.ccnpps?id_article=1548
We hope to provide practical experience in distinguishing between the different approaches and to stimulate reflection on the implications of different policies designed to intervene on an issue related to health inequalities. The exercise is adapted from workshops and webinars given by the NCCHPP and is meant as a tool to assist public health actors in reflecting on the types of policy approaches that might be used to tackle health inequalities by reducing food insecurity. A summary of the main policy approaches to reducing health inequalities is followed by a practical exercise on the topic of food security....
19 août 2020
In 2019, the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) reached out to Dr. Trevor Hancock to discuss ways to introduce the core ideas of ecological economics to public health practitioners and decision makers. Some of those ideas were previously exposed in a 2015 report on the ecological determinants that Dr. Hancock led for the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) (Hancock, Spady, & Soskolne, 2015).
Those discussions eventually took shape in the form of the interview published here. As governments around the world, including the Canadian federal government, are thinking about ways to move beyond a narrow focus on economic growth toward the implementation of “well-being budgets” or “sustainable budgets” the ideas contained in this interview are timely to inform those reflections.