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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:

Pan-Canadian Inventory of Public Health Early Child Home Visiting, December 2008, NCCDH
Working Poor Project, Sudbury and District Health Unit: A Case Study, November 2008, NCCDH
Evidence Review of The Influence of Socio-economic Status and Ethno-racial Status on the Health of Young Children and Their Families, October 2008, NCCDH
Cellular/Mobile Phone Use and Intracranial Tumors, September 2008, NCCEH
Programs for Injection Drug Users - A Harm Reduction Approach, March 2008, NCCID
Introduction to Evidence-Informed Public Health and a Compendium of Critical Appraisal Tools for Public Health Practice, February 2008, NCCMT
Clandestine Amphetamine-Derived Drug Laboratory Cleanup Guidelines, March 2008, NCCEH
Rapid Tests for HIV, January 2008, NCCID
HIV Prevention Intervention for Men Who Have Sex With Men, May 2008, NCCID
An Evaluation of Interventions Designed to Reduce Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure, April 2008, NCCEH
Summary of Conclusions of Eight Major Reviews Concerning Exposure to Second-Hand Tobacco Smoke, February 2008, NCCEH
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome & Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Among Aboriginal Peoples, February 2008, NCCAH
Integrating HIV Prevention with Care: Antiretroviral Treatment for Prevention, May 2008, NCCID
Integrating HIV Prevention with Care: Behavioural Interventions in the Clinical Setting, May 2008, NCCID
Routine (opt-out) HIV screening, NCCID, June 2008
Primary HIV Prevention Interventions in Prisons and Upon Release, May 2008, NCCID
Report on the Proceedings of the Early Child Development Forum, October 2008, NCCDH & NCCAH
Reducing the risk of Sexual HIV transmission for adult women, May 2008, NCCID
Discussion Paper: Public Health Early Child Home Visiting Forum, October 2008, NCCDH
Total Environment Assessment Model for Early Child Development, October 2008, NCCDH
Current Evidence on the Effectiveness of Interventions During Heat Episodes, September 2008, NCCEH
Effective Interventions to Reduce Indoor Radon Levels, December 2008, NCCEH
Radon Testing and Remediation Programs: What Works?, July 2008, NCCEH
Learn about resources from the six NCCs for Public 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.