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January 30

Building Equity into Everyday Practice: Using Health Equity Impact Assessments to Improve Programs and Policies Workshops


Kingston Workshop
Date: February 22, 10-3PM 
Workshop developers: Wellesley InstitutePublic Health Ontario and KFL&A Children and Youth Services Planning Committee 

Through experiential and small group exercises, workshop participants will explore health equity concepts and learn and share from one another. Participants will roll up their sleeves and dive more deeply by navigating through common barriers and challenges in conducting HEIAs. Participants will return to their workplaces with a clear sense of how to conduct HEIAs and incorporate the tool into their practice. 

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Toronto Workshop
Date: March 4, 10-3PM 
Workshop developers: Wellesley Institute and Public Health Ontario

This intermediate level workshop intended for practitioners who have some experience with HEIA, such as completing an introductory course/workshop and/or conducting at least one HEIA. Through experiential and small group exercises, workshop participants will explore concepts related to health equity and the Ontario Public Health Standards and how these concepts relate to their work. Participants will explore various paths to navigating through common barriers and challenges in conducting HEIAs. Participants will return to their workplaces with a better sense of how to conduct HEIAs and incorporate the tool into their practice.

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Partner Profile

Every month, we will be profiling one of our PHESC partners. This month, we are pleased to introduce Susan Snelling from the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools.

A cardinal sitting on snowy branches

Where do you live? I live on beautiful Manitoulin Island! Here’s a photo of what’s going on in my backyard.             

Where do you work? I am a Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist with the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools. I focus on capacity building in evidence-informed decision making for public health professionals.

What are some current projects that you’re working on? I do outreach to MPH programs   to increase student awareness of resources that support evidence-informed public health.

What are you most excited for as a PHESC partner? I used to be the manager of the Foundational Standard at a local public health unit, so I know that training and supports for the OPHS Foundational StandardImage of Susan Snellings are important and welcome. Through PHESC, I hope we can build on the capacity that already exists and create some synergies across Ontario public health.

What long-term impact do you hope PHESC will have on the public health workforce in Ontario?
Finding and using good quality evidence is important for all areas of public health practice. Increased confidence and skill in this area among the public health workforce should yield better decisions and better outcomes for Ontarians.

What’s the last book that you read that you couldn’t put down? I am reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It drew me in from the first line: “While I was still in Amsterdam, I dreamed about my mother for the first time in years”. Don’t you want to know what happens next? Highly recommended.


Webinaire du CCNPPS - Comment pouvons-nous (et pourquoi devrions-nous) analyser l'éthique des politiques paternalistes en santé publique?


Mardi 12 février 2019, de 14h à 15h (HNE)
L'objectif de ce webinaire est d'outiller les acteurs de la santé publique souhaitant faire une analyse éthique des politiques ou des interventions populationnelles en santé publique accusées ou soupçonnées de paternalisme. Les présentateurs proposeront un survol de la notion de paternalisme, puis examineront certains attraits des politiques publiques dites paternalistes et quelques motifs de réticence à leur endroit. Ils proposeront ensuite une approche pratique structurée en trois étapes pour mener une analyse éthique des politiques ou des interventions en santé publique accusées ou soupçonnées d'être paternalistes.

Présentateurs : Maxime Plante et Michael Keeling du Centre de collaboration nationale sur les politiques publiques et la santé (CCNPPS)

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NCCHPP Webinar - How Can We (and Why Should We) Analyze the Ethics of Paternalistic Policies in Public Health?


Tuesday February 19, 2019 from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. (EST)
The purpose of this webinar is to equip public health actors to conduct a critical and nuanced ethical analysis of public health policies or population-based interventions accused or suspected of being paternalistic. Presenters will first offer an overview of paternalism and will examine a few reasons why we might be attracted to, or – to the contrary – reluctant to accept, public policies that are called paternalistic. They will then offer a three-step approach to conducting a nuanced ethical analysis of population-based policies or interventions that are accused or suspected of being paternalistic.

Presenters: Maxime Plante and Michael Keeling, National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP)

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