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Population Health Assessment

The priorities that emerged from PHESC's consultation with Ontario Public Health Units in this Foundational Standard were:

  1. Introduction to population health assessment
  2. Epidemiological analysis
  3. How to develop, adapt, and use health equity indicators
  4. How to effectively communicate data and knowledge exchange products with communities and partners

The introductory materials provide a grounding for the other three topic areas. We suggest working through them in the order listed, but your needs may vary.

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1. Introduction to population health assessment

First Steps

Training Opportunities

  • PHESC online course, developed in collaboration with APHEO: Introduction to Surveillance (available Spring 2019)
  • External training ($): OnCore-Encours training in Population Health Assessment

Further Reading

Tools

Exploring Further

See the Effective Public Health Practice topic area, in particular the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Health Equity Impact Assessment areas. 

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2. Epidemiological analysis

First Steps

  • What is epidemiology? Chapter 1 from the British Medical Journal's Epidemiology for the uninitiated

Training Opportunities

  • PHESC online course, developed in collaboration with APHEO: Introduction to Epidemiology (available Spring 2019)
  • PHESC online course, developed in collaboration with APHEO: Basic Statistics for Public Health (available Spring 2019)
  • External training ($): OnCore-Encours training in Basic Epidemiological Concepts

Exploring Further

See the Effective Public Health Practice topic area, especially the section on the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions.

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3. How to develop, adapt, and use health equity indicators

First Steps

Training Opportunities

  • Alliance for Healthier Communities: Using Data to Advance Health Equity - Leading Practices from Community Health slides and script (available Spring 2019)

Further Reading

  • Public Health Ontario: Snapshots
    Snapshots are a collection of interactive map-based dashboards showing both geographic and temporal trends for key public health indicators by public health unit (PHU) and Ontario overall. Snapshots provide dynamically linked tables, graphs, and maps with pre-calculated statistics. A user guide is available. 
  • Ontario Marginalization Index
    The Ontario Marginalization Index (ON-Marg) can be used to understand inequalities in health and other social problems related to health among either population groups or geographic areas across Ontario.
  • Locally Driven Collaborative Project: Developing and Testing Indicators to Guide Health Equity Work in Public Health, 2016 - summary slides

Exploring Further

See the Effective Public Health Practice topic area.

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4. How to effectively communicate data and knowledge exchange products with communities and partners

First Steps

Training Opportunities

Further Reading

Tools

Exploring Further

See the Effective Public Health Practice topic area on effective community engagement and partnerships. All the Health Equity topics are also related, including the Indigenous health equity stream

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