To Learn More
Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. World Health Organization, 1986. On the site of the World Health Organization.

Beyond Health Care: From Public Health Policy to Healthy Public Policy. Trevor Hancock,  465 K, available on this site with the permission of the Canadian Journal of Public Health (76, Supplement 1, 1985).

The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the State of Public Health In Canada 2008: Addressing Health Inequalities. Dr. David Butler-Jones. On the site of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

A Healthy, Productive Canada: A Determinant of Health Approach. The final report of the Senate Subcommittee on Population Health, 2009. On the site of the Government of Canada.

Closing the Gap in a Generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health.  World Health Organization, Commission on Social Determinants of Health, 2008. On the site of the World Health Organization.

Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts. By Mikkonen, J. and Raphael, D. 2010. Available on the site,

CHNET-Works! Fireside chats (webinars and blog in population health). On the site of CHNET-Works!

Social Determinants of Health On the site of the World Health Organization.

Determinants of Health On the site of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Social Determinants of Health: The Solid Facts. Wilkinson, R. and Marmot, M. Eds., 2003.  469 K. On the site of the World Health Organization.

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Influence the development of healthy public policies
We are all working in the policy sector, in one way or another. All of us have a stake and a role in influencing public policy generally, and healthy public policy as well. By working to advance population health, we are by definition embarked on such an effort.

Image of watch mechanism: © DNY59   We all have experience in the policy sector, and all of us have learned a considerable amount about the ways things work. We have experience at connecting, negotiating, convincing, compromising, promoting, etc.  

Some among us are effective at making changes, building partnerships and consensus, advancing evidence or an argument to make a case, at reaching decision-makers in one or more contexts.

In brief, many of us are depended upon and/or motivated to get certain things done, and many of us have developed our skills at doing so.

We are also all uniquely embedded in our own social, professional, academic, and other endeavours, each having their own policy-related dimensions. Most, if not all of us, are experts in the local.

Combining expertise with new resources
We view our role at the NCCHPP as one which recognizes the experience and expertise that people bring with them. We want to help connect that expertise with additional tools, resources, ideas and people to help advance the development of healthy public policies.

We do not see ourselves as experts in your sector; rather our role is to help furnish the means so that people or groups advance according to their own contexts. This begins with finding out how people are situated in terms of their work and the directions they want to go with it. We must therefore begin by discussing how we might be useful to your goals in developing healthy public policies.

There is much that we can learn by studying public policy processes in the general sense in order to learn key concepts, models for understanding policy change, strategies for building consensus, and examples of effective and not-so-effective practices, so that these tools can be combined with local expertise and incorporated into practice.

The Centre has been developing such a program, with emphasis on understanding policy processes, and advocacy. Three key areas in which we are considering developing tools and training are:

• Mapping the policy landscape, including identifying coalitions and key actors,
• Strategically identifying opportunities, as well as practical means for implementing change,
• Learning to talk across sectors, both in terms of sharing knowledge as well as having the means to think strategically across broader coalitions.

Learn about public policies and their effects on health
Generate and use knowledge about healthy public policies
Identify models and actors for intersectoral collaboration
Influence the development of healthy public policies

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The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.