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Resources from the NCCs for Public Health

The six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health translate existing knowledge to produce and exchange relevant, accessible, and evidence-informed products with researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. 

Each NCC has its own website that links to resources and upcoming knowledge exchange opportunities. These may include presentations, evidence reviews, reports, inventories of resources, annotated bibliographies,fact sheets, summaries, electronic resources, workshops, courses, etc. To learn more, visit the links below: 

NCC for Aboriginal Health 

NCC for Determinants of Health: 

NCC for Environmental Health:

Posted on : 12/15/2010. Categorized as : early child home visiting
This document summarizes the key facts and terms of a pan- Canadian environmental scan conducted by the NCCDH on public health early child home visiting programs.
This report presents interviews with key informants and low-wage workers, examining data from the 2001 census and the Canadian Community Health Survey (2000/2001). It includes a review of the research literature initiatives for the working poor.
Posted on : 1/29/2010. Categorized as : children
This review discusses the research literature on the health impacts of low socio-economic status (SES) and the impact of ethno-racial status on child and family health. The document also describes the gaps in the research literature pertaining to the health impacts of poverty among Canadian children from ethno-cultural groups and how public policy has a role in addressing child poverty.
Posted on : 6/15/2008. Categorized as : cell phone use, cancer
Does cell phone use have a potential associated risk with intracranial tumours? Public concerns have been raised across the country and media attention has focused on disparate precautionary policies implemented across jurisdictions in Canada and world-wide. In light of this and emerging epidemiological evidence, NCCEH reviewed what is known about cell phone use and intracranial tumours.
Posted on : 3/27/2008. Categorized as : infectious diseases, drug, HIV
Most interventions aimed at injection drug use embrace the harm reduction approach. This approach also aims to reduce the cost of drug use, which translates to a more expensive health care system. To learn more, read this evidence review produced by the NCCID.
Posted on : 2/15/2010. Categorized as : critical appraisal, evidence-informed
A definition and summary the concept of evidence-informed public health. This background paper, developed by NCCMT, also includes a compendium of critical appraisal tools to help you incorporate the best research evidence into public health practice and policy development. To access the compendium, please click here.
Posted on : 3/15/2008. Categorized as : drug, cleanup guidelines
To protect human health from residual chemicals resulting from illegal drug manufacturing, NCCEH has prepared these guidelines to address decontamination of former clandestine drug labs.
Posted on : 2/9/2010. Categorized as : infectious diseases, HIV
Rapid testing programs have the potential to reach more individuals with unknown HIV status who can benefit from counselling with reduced probability of transmission, and create the possibility of access to care as well as many years of healthy productive life. To learn more about rapid testing for HIV, please read this evidence review developed by NCCID as part of its series on HIV prevention and control.
Posted on : 5/15/2008. Categorized as : HIV
This paper examines the evidence and effectiveness of prevention interventions that reduce the transmission of HIV primarily in HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM).
Posted on : 4/15/2008. Categorized as : ultraviolet radiation, cancer
Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight is the main risk factor for the development of skin cancer. This risk factor can be greatly reduced by following responsible sun protection measures and avoiding artificial ultraviolet radiation. This review by NCCEH was conducted to assess the evidence behind interventions aimed at reducing ultraviolet radiation exposure.
Posted on : 2/15/2008. Categorized as : second hand smoke; tobacco; cancer
NCCEH prepared this summary of eight major reviews, from various Health Organizations, related to the effects on health of second-hand tobacco exposure. This summary regroups health effects in 4 categories: developmental, respiratory, carciogenic and cardiovascular.
Posted on : 2/15/2008. Categorized as : fetal alcohol syndrome, aboriginal health
The NCCAH has released a report addressing the need to better understand gaps in knowledge about the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FAS) in Aboriginal peoples.
Posted on : 5/15/2008. Categorized as : HIV
NCCID has produced a series of evidence reviews on HIV prevention and control to inform public health practitioners and community-based workers and guide their practice. This review covers how antiretroviral therapy (ART) can reduce both infectivity and susceptibility to the HIV virus.
Posted on : 5/15/2008. Categorized as : HIV
The focus of this paper is to outline the evidence for brief behavioural interventions that health care providers can implement in a clinical setting to facilitate changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviours associated with increased risk of HIV transmission.
Posted on : 6/23/2008. Categorized as : HIV
NCCID published an evidence review outlining the evidence of the effectiveness and challenges of routine HIV screening (opt-out) as compared to an opt-in approach in various health care settings.
Posted on : 5/15/2008. Categorized as : HIV
This paper from NCCID reviews HIV/AIDS prevention interventions in prisons in Canada and worldwide that aim to reduce transmission.
Posted on : 10/13/2008. Categorized as : children, early child development
This report describes the proceedings of the Early Child Development Forum: Exploring the Contribution of Public Health Early Child Home Visiting held October 14-17, 2008, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The forum brought together 125 participants from all across Canada, it was co-hosted by the NCC for Aboriginal Health and the NCC for Determinants of Health.
Posted on : 5/15/2008. Categorized as : HIV
This evidence review, produced by NCCID, focuses on interventions aimed at adult women who are at risk because a sexual partner is known to be HIV infected or whose status has not been disclosed.
Posted on : 10/13/2008. Categorized as : early child development
This discussion paper describes the work completed by the NCCDH which focused on early child home visiting and health outcomes/health equity. It includes a description of an environmental scan, themes derived from an inventory of programs and an annotated bibliography.
Posted on : 10/13/2008. Categorized as : children, early child development
The purpose of this document is to put forward a model, in accessible question-andanswer format, for consideration by public health practitioners, policy-makers and researchers.
Posted on : 9/15/2008. Categorized as : environmental health, heat episodes
This summary, prepared by NCCEH, provides current evidence on the effectiveness of a variety of described heat interventions by highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each.
Posted on : 12/15/2008. Categorized as : environmental health
Common radon remediation measures used for existing homes include sub-slab depressurization, sump-hole depressurization, active ventilation, as well as sealing. This contracted review, prepared by NCCEH offers more information on effective interventions to reduce indoor radon levels.
Posted on : 7/15/2008. Categorized as : environmental health
Canadian local, regional, and national health authorities have used a number of approaches to encourage homeowners to test for radon and to implement remediation measures where warranted. Given Health Canada's 200 Bq/m3 radon guideline, NCCEH has prepared a review of the lessons learned in implementing testing and remediation strategies.