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NCCHPP e-Bulletin - January 2011
Published January 31, 2011.


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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.  Contact us.     


In the Spotlight this Month - Renewing Our Website.

You may have noticed that our website has a new look. We have reorganized the site in order to make it better to use and easier to navigate. In so doing, we have also added a good deal of new material. We invite you to explore the new website and to let us know what you think.

We also hope that you will respond to our survey to help us to find out what works and where we should improve things. A website is always a work in progress, and we will be making additions and changes throughout 2011. The survey takes about ten minutes to complete and the information we collect will inform that work.

Visit the survey by clicking here (on the site of Survey Monkey).

The Centre in Action

Public Health Ethics at JASP 2010 - Presentations are online
The Centre held 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 explored the foundations and the theoretical and practical implications of ethical reflection in public health in Quebec.

The presentations offered that day by Raymond Massé, Mario Gagnon, Stéphane Perron, Ghislaine Cléret de Langavant, Susan Sherwin, Richard Lessard et Camil Bouchard are now online.

To read more or to access the presentations, click here.

Image - Raymond Massé at les JASP

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Training - Niagara Region
On November 4th, 2010, the NCCHPP travelled to Jordan, Ontario for a one-day training session on Health Impact Assessment (HIA). Organized in partnership with Niagara Region, this activity brought together participants from public health, planning and public works, community and social services, and housing sectors, as well as participants from various provincial/regional institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The day included an overview of HIA, various exercises to better understand the steps involved in HIA, and a discussion of how HIA could be useful in the Niagara context. The Centre was pleased to contribute to this exploration of HIA and will evaluate, with Niagara Region, whether and how this training activity had an impact on practice.

HIA Training - Halifax
Continuing with the theme of HIA training, the Centre will offer a half-day health impact assessment training session in Halifax, Nova Scotia on February 10, 2011. Participants will represent Community Health Boards, the Population Health Committee, and various departments of the Capital District Health Authority. We are looking forward to discussing how HIA could play a role in the development of healthy public policies in the region.

For more information about HIA training, contact Anika Mendell.
For more on health impact assessment, please visit the HIA section of our website.

Our new Publications in the Spotlight 

Public Health in the Era of Peak Oil  
Oil today is the single most important energy resource for the lives and the way of life of Canadians. However, oil is a finite resource, and there is an ongoing debate surrounding what has been termed “peak oil”. This concept refers to the period when global oil production reaches a maximum and then begins an irreversible decline.

To begin to clarify what is at stake specifically for Canadian public health with regards to peak oil, François Gagnon from the NCCHPP interviewed Dr. Donald W. Spady, a paediatrician/epidemiologist in the Departments of Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Alberta in Edmonton. This document presents their exchange.

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Click here to download the document.   164 K

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Evaluating Deliberative Processes
Deliberative processes are increasingly used to engage citizens and stakeholders in policy-making processes. Yet, there is a lack of research evidence about the effectiveness of deliberative processes. The purpose of this fact sheet is to introduce public health practitioners to the evaluation of deliberative processes, specifically: 
  • Why should we evaluate deliberative processes?, 
  • What should be the focus of an evaluation?, 
  • What are the different evaluative approaches? and 
  • What contextual factors matter when evaluating deliberative processes?

Finally, the fact sheet presents three frameworks that could be relevant to supporting more effective evaluative practices.

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Click here to download the document.  103 K

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

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