Two Canadian examples of "Whole-of-Government" Approaches
The NCCHPP's Denise Kouri and François Gagnon have presented a comparison of two Canadian examples of the whole-of-government approach at the 19th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education in Vancouver.
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This presentation analyzes two provincial-level policy interventions in the context of strategies increasingly referred to as whole-of-government approaches. Such strategies are an emerging topic of interest for the healthy public policy field.

Whole-of-government approaches, which include all government sectors in a coherent effort, are one type of multi-sectoral strategy. The interventions focused on in the paper are the health impact assessment of the government of Quebec and the ACTNow strategy of the government of British Columbia.
 "Whole-of-Government" Approaches: Two Canadian Examples
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While differing in scope and structure, both strategies seek to marshal government efforts in acting on the non-medical determinants of health. The Quebec intervention is implemented through its Public Health Act, and consists of a requirement that all provincial government ministries assess the impact on health of any major new policy. It affects multiple determinants acting on multiple components of health. BC's strategy is focused on weight and fitness outcomes, but with all government ministries asked to contribute to interventions.

The presentation used the interventions as a basis to elaborate the issues framed in the whole of government approach.

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