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NCCHPP e-Bulletin - September 2010
Published September 30, 2010.
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The National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) seeks to increase the expertise of public health actors across Canada in healthy public policy through the development, sharing and use of knowledge.
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In the Spotlight this month
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Structural Profile of Public Health in Canada - Updated in September 2010

By using this online tool developed by the NCCHPP, you can learn how the different public health systems are structured in the different provinces and territories across Canada.

The NCCHPP recently updated the information presented in this table. This was done through a survey of provincial and territorial government websites. This information was then validated by key informants in each province or territory.

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Structural Profile of Public Health in Canada

Please help us to keep this resource up to date by letting us know of any changes that we should make to reflect the most current environment.

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The Centre in Action
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Public Health Ethics: A Tool for Deliberation and for the Development of Healthy Public Policies
The Centre will hold this day-long workshop for the 14th JASP (Journées annuelles de santé publique - annual public health days) on November 24, 2010, at the Centre des Congrès de Québec. The workshop will explore the foundations and the theoretical and practical implications of ethical reflection in public health in Quebec.

The Centre has invited a group of accomplished and insightful thinkers to share their reflections. Speakers include: Daniel Weinstock, Raymond Massé, Mario Gagnon, Stéphane Perron, Ghislaine Cléret de Langavant, Susan Sherwin, and the Centre's Christopher McDougall.

Simultaneous translation (Fr-En and En-Fr) will be available throughout the day's presentations.


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To visit the JASP website (in French only), click here.
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Workshop agenda
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Public Engagement to Inform Ethically Challenging Public Health Policies: Approaches, Evidence and Insights
Christopher McDougall presented a workshop during the 2010 Conference of the Canadian Rural Health Research Society. This workshop, which Christopher co-developed with François-Pierre Gauvin, set out to introduce tools and frameworks for public health ethics and public engagement, in order to apply them to concrete practical and policy issues.

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Click here to consult the Conference website.
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Summer Institute 2010 Presentations are Online
The 2010 National Collaborating Centres for Public Health Summer Institute was held from June 28 to 30 in Winnipeg. This event was an opportunity for 150 practitioners, researchers and decision-makers to exchange and attend various sessions on important topics in public health. The Centre's François-Pierre Gauvin and Val Morrison each presented a session during this event.


Ways of Using Evidence
In this workshop, François-Pierre Gauvin set out to stimulate a discussion among participants using the question "How to support the public use [of] scientific evidence to influence policy-making?" as a starting point. He examined why we can use scientific evidence and also the different challenges of using scientific evidence. François-Pierre also presented a few promising examples for linking citizens, evidence and policies.
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Ways of Using Evidence
(on the Summer Institute 2010 website)  951 K

Understanding Media Communications
For the workshop, Val Morrison used one particular approach to media communications, Hall's encoding/decoding model (1980), to examine the role of the audience in the interpretation of messages.

She also used this model to work through an analysis of several examples of public health communications. The objectives for this session were to :

1. Illustrate how even the best-conceived communications products (posters, various public health campaigns, etc.) can be interpreted in radically different ways by their intended audience
2. Provide an understanding of the different “moments” of communication and how they affect interpretation
3. Provide workshop attendees with the ability to understand how both the construction and the interpretation of messages are “socially located”

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Understanding Media Communications
(on the Summer Institute 2010 website)  486 K


To visit the Summer Institute 2010 site for other presentations, click here.

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Our new Publications in the Spotlight
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HIA generic Powerpoint presentation
The NCCHPP has developed a generic presentation on Health Impact Assessment (HIA). Complete with speaking notes and a set of slides you can personalize, this powerpoint presentation can be used by public health practitioners or anybody interested in disseminating HIA related information. This tool has been validated by practitioners at the local and regional levels in order to be more in tune with the needs at these levels

Health impact assessment (HIA) is usually defined as a combination of procedures, methods and tools by which a policy, a program or a project can be judged or evaluated on the basis of its potential effects on the health of a population

To read more, click here.
Click here to learn more about our different HIA publications.
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Health Impact Assessment (HIA): A tool to promote healthy public policies PPT 2.15 Mb

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