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NCC E-Bulletin November 2013

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The six National Collaborating Centres (NCCs) for Public Health promote and improve the use of scientific research and other knowledge to strengthen public health practices and policies in Canada. They identify knowledge gaps, foster networks and translate existing knowledge to produce and exchange relevant, accessible and evidence-informed products with practitioners, policy makers and researchers.

NCCPH Networking Breakfast

Tuesday November 26, 2013, from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
NCCPH's booth, Exhibitor's Hall
Fairmont Reine Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal

The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health invite you to join us for a Networking Breakfast at JASP 2013 (Journées annuelles de santé publique - Québec's Annual Public Health Days). This will be an opportunity to have a look at the latest publications and tools related to the six Centres' themes: Aboriginal health, environmental health, infectious diseases, healthy public policies, determinants of health and methods and tools in public health.

Don't miss this great networking opportunity! Coffee, croissants and fruits will be served at the Centres' booth in the exhibitor's hall.

To visit the JASP website, click here.

Understanding Racism

Since the time of first contact with Europeans, Aboriginal peoples in Canada have experienced several forms of racism, which have negatively affected all aspects of their lives and well-being. This paper is the first of three that will focus on anti-Aboriginal racism in Canada, beginning with an exploration of the concept of race, its history and contexts, and continuing with a discussion of the various forms of racism within societies.

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Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Assessment

The NCCAH funded the research and writing of a literature review examining child development screening and assessment tools and their efficacy in Aboriginal contexts.

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Advancing health equity through public health: The power of people and systems
Webinar: December 3, 2013

On December 3rd, we will be hosting an interactive webinar about the people and systems that support equity-oriented approaches in public health practice. Help us create the content for this celebrity-interview-style webinar.

1. Consider the question posed each week by Hannah Moffatt while reading an excerpt interview from Public Health Speaks: Organizational standards as a promising practice to advance health equity 

2. Join us in an online conversation held from November 26th to December 3rd in our Health Equity Clicks community

To read The Power of People Systems excerpt interviews,
click here.

Knowledge translation frameworks & health equity- fast friends or perfect strangers?
Webinar: November 19, 2013

Knowledge translation (KT) is about closing the gap between knowing and doing. Public health has been particularly interested in finding effective models for moving research into action. This webinar will discuss the application of a health equity support score to knowledge translation frameworks and highlight existing knowledge– to-action frameworks that can support equity focused knowledge translation. This webinar is based on findings from Critical Examination of Knowledge- to- Action Models and Implications for Promoting Health Equity.

To learn more, click here.

Reducing cardiovascular health impacts from traffic-related noise and air pollution: intervention strategies

This paper describes nine types of interventions aimed at reducing both noise and air pollution emitted from traffic. Not all interventions affected both exposures similarly. Interventions having the greatest potential to reduce traffic-related exposures focused on the traffic source, such as reductions in traffic volume, and are more easily implemented, and likely cheaper, if they are considered in the land-use planning stages rather than promoting behavioural changes by the public.

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Food Safety Interventions

The public health and economic implications for foodborne illness in industrialized nations can be costly. Food service establishments (FSEs) are major settings for foodborne pathogen exposure in developed countries due to high consumption of food prepared outside homes. To reduce foodborne illness risks, many health authorities implement food safety interventions in FSEs in order to modify food preparation behaviour and service practices. The goal of this project is to assess existing knowledge and research, explore issues of implementation, and identify research gaps related to interventions in FSEs.

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An Introduction to the Ethical Implications of Economic Evaluations for Healthy Public Policy

This briefing note introduces the main types of economic evaluation, the ethical assumptions they share and the ways in which they can be read and interpreted so that values relevant for public health, which can conflict with those implicitly put forward by economic evaluations, do not fall out of the view of policy makers.

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Public Policy Models and Their Usefulness in Public Health: The Stages Model

This briefing note belongs to a series on the various models used in political science to represent public policy development processes. In this document, we look at the “stages model,” a model from the political science literature that allows one to present the complex process of public policy development in a relatively simple manner.

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Partner Notification

We are pleased to bring you the first Evidence Review in the Partner Notification (PN) Series, written by Nicole Findlay MPH, at the University of Toronto. To learn more about Canadian HIV PN, read HIV Partner Notification: A review of the evidence with recommendations to move the field forward

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NCCID attended the CAAN Wise Practices Gathering in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from September 25 -27, 2013, where Project Manager Rick Harp presented on Outreach tools which were identified through regional outreach consultations and developed to complement the Outreach Planning Guide:  the Outreach Planning Checklist, as well as the Outreach Planning and Exchange Network (OPEN).

Using NCCMT resources to support and enhance learning
Introducing two new videos

NCCMT resources, publications and online learning modules focusing on evidence-informed public health are being incorporated into the curricula of post-secondary institutions across Canada. In these two videos, professors from two Canadian universities and their students describe how they use NCCMT resources:

Teaching with Tools

Better Outcomes in Post-secondary Education

Visit the Multimedia section of the website to watch these and other videos from the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools!


New: Search Pyramids from NCCMT

Online tools to support and structure your search for research evidence!

Search Pyramids are designed for public health professionals who need to find research evidence to support their program and policy decisions. Our topic-specific Search Pyramids focus on issues defined by public health professionals as high priorities in Canada.

To find the general Search Pyramid, click here.

To login to the Learning Centre and access the customizable topic-specific Search Pyramids, click here.

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