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NCCHPP e-Bulletin - November 2008
Published on November 3, 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
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Public Policies Guided by the Precautionary Principle

This paper is the first in a series of essays developed for the NCCHPP by researchers associated with the Centre de recherche en éthique de l'Université de Montréal (Université de Montréal Research Centre in Ethics) as part of a project to examine ethical issues related to healthy public policy.

In this paper, Valérie Beloin addresses the use of the precautionary principle in public health. As its increasingly frequent use by public health actors shows, this principle can be useful when public policy decisions need to be made in situations where, based on available scientific knowledge, the very existence of health risks to the population is uncertain.

In her essay, the author examines the principle's relevance to public health, focusing on explaining the foundations of the principle through an examination of four elements that form its general structure, and addressing the main criticisms it faces.


Click here to learn more about the Ethics and Healthy Public Policy project


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The Centre in Action
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The NCCHPP highlights evidence-based policy-making at  JASP (Annual Public Health Days)

From November 17 to 20, les Journées annuelles de santé publique-JASP (Annual Public Health Days) will take place in Québec City.

The NCCHPP has organized a day-long session for November 19th: "Evidence-based policies for more informed decision-making?. Many experts including Daniel Weinstock, Patrick Fafard and Susan Law will discuss the relevance of various types of evidence and the manner in which they are adapted and used to inform policy decisions. This session will include simultaneous English translation.

To see the program for this session in English, click here.

This 12th JASP is expected to bring together 250 speakers and 2000 participants to exchange and develop public health skills, particularly in terms of prevention. In addition to its regular program, this year's JASP welcomes the Rencontre francophone internationale sur les inégalités sociales de santé?RFIISS (International Francophone Conference on Social Inequalities in Health).

The NCCHPP will also be presenting at a workshop (November 18), entitled Agir sur les politiques publiques au niveau local pour réduire les inégalités, une mission possible (Acting on public policies at the local level for reducing inequalities, a possible task). In this workshop,  the NCCHPP's Louise St-Pierre will discuss Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as a promising approach for influencing the policy development process at the municipal level.

We hope to see you at the JASP, and that you will visit us at our table in the display area.

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Our new Publications in the Spotlight 

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Health Impact Assessment in Quebec: When the Law Becomes a Lever for Action

The NCCHPP publishes the English translation of this study of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in Quebec following the adoption of Quebec's Public Health Act in 2001.

This study traces the history of Health Impact Assessment in Quebec since 2001, paying critical attention to the implementation of section 54 of Quebec's Public Health Act and the mechanisms within the provincial government to foster its adoption.

The authors of the paper, France Gagnon, Clemence Dallaire and Jean Turgeon are researchers affiliated with the Groupe d'étude sur les politiques publiques et la santé - GÉPPS (Study group on public policies and health). This paper was originally published in French in Télescope vol. 14(2), Spring-Summer 2008, a publication of l'École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP).

Pour lire L'évaluation d'impact sur la santé au Québec : lorsque la loi devient levier d'action, sur le site Internet d'ENAP, cliquez ici.
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Road Speed: Health Impact and Counteractive Measures

Did you know that driving at 70 km/h in a 60-km/h zone puts a driver at greater risk for a collision involving injury than does driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 g/100ml? (Road Speed, p. 13)

This NCCHPP translation of a scientific review by the INSPQ shows the multiple negative effects of speeding and makes recommendations for how to reduce road speed.

In this document, produced by the INSPQ's Direction développement des individus et des communautés, you will find a substantial review of the evidence on speeding, including: the dangers to the public caused by road speed; how road speed reduces drivers' ability to avoid collisions; the effectiveness of various measures aimed at reducing speed; and recommendations for how to reduce road speed in the shorter and longer terms, based on the evidence.

To read more, click here.

As part of our mandate, the NCCHPP has translated this scientific review into English, so that it may become a resource for a broader group across Canada and internationally.

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Ontario User Meeting: our consultation process with NCCHPP users

The Centre has held a series of meetings in different regions of Canada in order to consult with actual users of our work to help in guiding its direction. This document reports on our latest consultation.

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Thank you for reading. As always, we would like to hear your comments on this and all of our work.
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