Canada and environmental health

We are delighted to hear again from Karen Rideout, PhD, Environmental Health Policy Analyst at Canada’s BC Centre for Disease Control & National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health. She would like to share these resources they’ve recently posted online.

Karen says:

There is a BCCDC report about policy levers that can support the integration of equity into EH practice. It is located in the Policy Levers section on this page:

There are direct links to the full report and executive summary, as well as a short summary document.

There is a related discussion guide on this page:

The NCCEH, NCCDH, and BC Centre for Disease Control have collaborated  to produce a Framework and accompanying User Guide to help environmental public health practitioners identify potential actions on the social determinants of health and health equity. Practitioners can use these two tools to reflect on their current practice and identify practical actions for use in their day-to-day work or broader program planning.

The Framework outlines 10 considerations to help practitioners identify how equity work relates to their role and how they can begin to take action. It can be used by staff with any degree of knowledge or experience related to health equity. The User Guide highlights potential points of influence for frontline staff, managers, and educators. Together, these tools support reflective practice, collaboration, and action toward equity-integrated environmental public health.

We have also collaborated to produce a curated reading list for environmental public health practitioners interested in taking action on health equity and the social determinants of health within their role.

Also, NCCDH assembled three stories from public health inspectors who are addressing health equity in the field. These examples celebrate the diverse skills and approaches that environmental public health practitioners can apply to this issue. Each story represents an example of action that can be taken at a different level of public health practice.



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