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NCCHPP e-Bulletin - June 2008
Published June 26, 2008.
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The National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) seeks to increase the use of informed strategies by actors in the Canadian public health community in their efforts to promote healthy public policies.  
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In the Spotlight this month
Considering the nature and role of evidence in policy-making 

What constitutes evidence in policy making, and what models of policy-making are available in political science that can inform our understanding of how evidence is used or not used to develop healthy public policy? The NCCHPP has a goal to bring together knowledge from the public health sector with knowledge from the public policy sector in order to make them available to actors with an interest in healthy public policy.  
With that in mind, we are proud to present a recent report by Canadian Policy Research Networks Research Fellow Patrick Fafard (University of Ottawa), commissioned, written and published in collaboration with the NCCHPP.The report focuses on the two linked questions mentioned above: Fafard's work offers insights into how to bring evidence to bear to shape the broad public policies that affect the health of Canadians.

To read more, click here.

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You are invited to the annual Summer Institute


Don't miss this opportunity to participate in the National Collaborating Centres' 3rd Annual Summer Institute in Kelowna, BC from August 5-7, 2008. The theme for this year's institute is Knowledge Synthesis, Translation and Exchange (KSTE) in Action.

You will have the opportunity to hear from numerous participants, including: Evan Adams, Ian Graham, Michel O'Neill, Maureen Dobbins, Janet Joy, Nancy Dubois and Trevor Hancock

You are encouraged to register early, as spaces are limited, and by booking your room before July 4, 2008 you will obtain the special conference rate at the site, the Grand Okanagan Lakefront Resort (http://www.grandokanagan.com/).

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The Centre in Action
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The NCCHPP speaks to the Senate of Canada 

In recent weeks, the NCCHPP has made two presentations to the Senate of Canada's subcommittee on population health.

The subcommittee invited four National Collaborating Centres to speak at their meeting on May 7, 2008. François Benoit, the NCCHPP lead, presented on knowledge translation and also included some comments on health impact assessment in Canada. For more information, to view the presentation, or to access transcripts from the meeting, click here.

Image - The Centre's François Benoit addresses the Senate Subcommittee

The subcommittee then invited the Centre to make an additional presentation, this time on the topic of Health Impact Assessment, at its June 18 meeting. The NCCHPP's Louise St-Pierre presented. To access more information on HIA, click here.


The NCCHPP at the Canadian Public Health Association's Annual Conference in Halifax

From June 1 to 4, the NCCHPP team attended the CPHA 2008 annual conference: "Public Health in Canada: Reducing Health Inequalities through Evidence and Action". The Centre recognizes the importance of this event, and was a collaborating partner in hosting the conference.

This conference was an occasion to share knowledge and address health inequalities in Canada, a topic of great importance for the public health community in Canada and abroad. The NCCHPP team made four presentations at the conference on different themes relating to health inequalities.
Image - NCCHPP staff at the CPHA conference in Halifax

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Our new Publications in the Spotlight

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Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Guides and Tools

The field of HIA has developed considerably over recent years, and numerous orientation guides, practical guides and tools have been developed worldwide to respond to specific needs in different contexts for its application.

To follow up upon wishes expressed by our users and to facilitate the work of those searching for guides or tools adapted to their needs, this inventory of HIA guides and tools - most of them available on the internet - includes a classification chart to account for a number of the key elements of these documents.

To read the document  337 K, click here.

Our next bulletin will appear in August. Thank you for reading, and please feel welcome to send your comments to us.  Have a good summer!

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