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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:

Landscapes of First Nations, Inuit and Metis Health - An Updated Environmental Scan, 2010, NCCAH
Public Health in the Era of Peak Oil, October 2010, NCCHPP
Impact of Home Preparation and Cooking Methods on Levels of Dioxin and Dioxin-Like Compounds in Foods, October 2010, NCCEH
Residential Air Cleaner Use to Improve Indoor Air Quality and Health: A Review of the Evidence, October 2010, NCCEH
Outreach Planning Guide, September 2010, NCCID
Method for Synthesizing Knowledge About Public Policies, September 2010, NCCHPP
Purple Paper, September 2010, NCCID
Communication about Environmental Health Risks: A Systematic Review, September 2010, NCCPH
Circuit Riders Training Programs for Water Operators, September 2010, NCCPH
Tanning and skin cancer: a brief review, August 2010, NCCEH
Disinfectants/sanitizers on hard food-contact surfaces, August 2010, NCCEH
Minimizing children's non-residential exposure to traffic-related pollution, August 2010, NCCEH
Antiretroviral Adherence Concepts and Strategies for Adults Accessing HIV Care, July 2010, NCCID
A Framework for Indigenous School Health: Foundations in Cultural Principles, 2010, NCCAH
Does Eating Organic Food Reduce Pesticide Exposures and Health Risks?, May 2010, NCCEH
Information Grids - Canadian HIA Initiatives, May 2010, NCCHPP
Achieving Strength through Numbers: First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Health Information, 2010, NCCAH
Supporting Children to be Ready for School : An Environmental Scan, March 2010, NCCDH
Home Water Test Kits, May 2010, NCCPH
Deliberative Processes and Knowledge Translation, April 2010, NCCHPP
Case Studies of Ethics During a Pandemic, April 2010, NCCHPP
Effectiveness of Outreach and Care Coordination Interventions in Engaging and Retaining Hard-to-Reach People Living with HIV/AIDS in Medical Care, March 2010, NCCID
Consultation on Community-Acquired Antimicrobial Resistance (caAMR), February 2010, NCCID
Contraception Methods for HIV-Positive Women and Women at Risk of HIV, February 2010, NCCID
Interventions to Prevent HIV Transmission in Serodiscordant Couples, January 2010, NCCID
A Review of Alternative Practices to Antimicrobial Use for Disease Control in the Commercial Feedlot, January 2010, NCCID
Strategies to Control Community-Associated Antimicrobial Resistance Among Enteric Bacteria and MRSA in Canada: A Comprehensive Review, January 2010, NCCID
What is Evidence? A philosophical perspective, January 2010, NCHPP
Health in Political Philosophy: What Kind of Good is it?, January 2010, NCCHPP
Content Analysis of Media Coverage of Health Inequalities in Canada 2008, January 2010, NCCHPP
The Importance of Disaggregated Data, NCCAH
Child Welfare Services in Canada: Aboriginal and Mainstream, NCCAH
Wind Turbines and Health, January 2010, NCCEH
Learn about resources from the six NCCs for Public Health
Posted on : 3/4/2008. Categorized as : aboriginal health
This report developed by NCCAH provides a comprehensive picture of existing knowledge and current directions in Indigenous peoples' health research and priorities in Canada. This work also identifies gaps and shortfalls in research and data that might require attention.
Posted on : 4/29/2011. Categorized as : peak oil, population health
The Centre's François Gagnon interviewed University of Alberta Professor Dr. Donald Spady on the potential effects of peak oil for population health. Read more.
Posted on : 4/29/2011. Categorized as : cuisson, dioxine
This document has been prepared for public health professionals who respond to the public about contaminants in food and ways to reduce exposure to those contaminants. This document reviews the literature on the levels of dioxin and dioxin-like compounds (DLCs) in foods and ways to reduce levels using various preparations and cooking methods.
Posted on : 4/29/2011. Categorized as : air quality

This document is intended for environmental health practitioners and policy-makers who need to answer questions from the public concerning air cleaners or need to make decisions regarding the recommendation of air cleaners for reducing the public's exposure to air pollution.


Posted on : 11/11/2011. Categorized as : outreach
NCCID has developed an Outreach Planning Guide to help public health practitioners plan outreach programs to reach marginalized groups in their own environments. The Guide focuses on the challenges of planning and managing an outreach program to help deliver information, services and referrals to populations that practitioners often have difficulty reaching, especially those vulnerable to HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBI). It offers a model for outreach, which involves assessing the population, designing and implementing an outreach program and measuring the results.
Method for Synthesizing Knowledge About Public Policies, September 2010, NCCHPP
Posted on : 4/29/2011. Categorized as : Method for Synthesizing Knowledge About Public Policies
Drawing inspiration from political science, literature on evidence-informed decision making in public health, literature on evaluation and on deliberative processes, the NCCHPP has developed a knowledge synthesis method that is applicable to public policies.
Posted on : 9/29/2010. Categorized as : infectious diseases
The Composition and Role of the 2010-2011 Northern Hemisphere Seasonal Influenza Vaccine in the Post-Pandemic Period. Recent published studies indicate that seroprevalence against pH1N1 in populations in various regions following the 2009 pandemic waves ranges from 20%-50%, hence many people are still susceptible to infection. To read the latest edition of NCCID's Purple Paper, click here.
Posted on : 9/27/2010. Categorized as : small drinking water systems, risk communication
Developed by the NCCs for their collective project on small drinking water systems, this document is intended to provide health professionals with information about effective methods and techniques for communicating risk to the public.
Posted on : 9/27/2010. Categorized as : small drinking water systems

One of the many challenges faced by small drinking water systems in Canada and elsewhere, is the proper training of operators. Circuit rider training programs (CRTP) have proven to be extremely successful as a training method. Find out the reasons why, have a look at this document developed by the NCC. 

Posted on : 8/4/2011. Categorized as : cancer
This short review prepared by the NCCEH aims to provide a brief introduction to tanning (primarily focused on artificial tanning), tanning prevalence, the relationship between tanning and three major kinds of skin cancer.
Posted on : 8/4/2011. Categorized as : disinfectants
There are numerous commercial products available for disinfecting and sanitizing surfaces in food premises such as kitchens or processing plants. This document reviews the criteria for food-contact surface sanitizers and describes active ingredients that have been proven effective for disinfecting and sanitizing hard surfaces that contact food.
Posted on : 8/4/2011. Categorized as : pollution
Air pollution exposure represents a significant human health risk and is associated with outcomes ranging from minor respiratory irritation to premature death.This document produced by the NCCEH provides an overview of the research, examining children's non-residential exposure to traffic-related pollution and available interventions to reduce this exposure and resulting health effects.
Posted on : 8/8/2011. Categorized as : HIV
Adherence to HIV medications is an essential determinant of treatment success or failure.This Evidence Review explores the concepts of adherence and effective strategies to increase adherence to ART among adults living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) who are already accessing medical care.
Posted on : 4/29/2011. Categorized as : aboriginal health, school health
Developed through pan-Canadian and international consultations, this framework is designed to support school health initiatives that are culturally relevant to Aboriginal communities, schools and students.
Posted on : 10/20/2010. Categorized as : environmental health, organic
Available data suggest that organically-grown food contains fewer synthetic pesticide residues than conventionally-grown food, and that eating an organic diet can result in lower exposures to some pesticides. For more information, have a look at this review developed by the NCCEH.
Posted on : 7/13/2010. Categorized as : health impact assessment
To support Health Impact Assessement (HIA) at the local level, NCCHPP has developed a model for an HIA information grid, and then worked with three local HIA initiatives to develop information grids relating to their work.
Posted on : 1/25/2010. Categorized as : aboriginal health
NCCAH produced this fact sheet on the challenges regarding data in Aboriginal population health in Canada.
Posted on : 7/14/2010. Categorized as : children
This environmental scan developed by NCCDH dentifies the best practices for public health practitioners and communities in the promotion of school readiness. It also presents new trends and programs being considered for enhancing school readiness from an ecological framework.
Posted on : 5/18/2010. Categorized as : Small Drinking Water Systems
Do commercially available water test kits accurately test what they claim to
is one of the questions asked by participants who attended the consultations organized by the NCCs for the Small Drinking Water Systems Project. To consult the Fact sheet developed by the NCCMT on Home Water Test Kits commercially available, please click here.
Posted on : 4/26/2010. Categorized as : deliberative process, knowledge translation
This fact sheet produced by NCCHPP, briefly describes the deliberative model of knowledge translation and its objectives. Two concrete examples are also given to illustrate this discussion.
Posted on : 4/26/2010. Categorized as : ethics
The general aim of this series of cases, developped by NCCHPP,  is to illustrate a wide range of pandemic and infectious disease control scenarios in which professional roles and responsibilities generate ethically complex situations. The cases aim to assist in the development and application of moral reasoning through concrete examples.
Posted on : 4/28/2010. Categorized as : AIDS, HIV
Engaging hard-to-reach populations in care is often described as cyclical. The challenge that outreach programs face is not only to engage hard-to-reach populations in medical care but to retain them once they have accessed care. Find out more, read the Evidence Review developped by NCCID.
Posted on : 7/28/2010. Categorized as : antimicrobial resistance
On February 10 and 11, 2010, the NCCID hosted a consultation with 50 Canadian and international experts in human, animal, and environmental health. This consultation aimed at understanding the complex nature of AMR and develop an action plan for caAMR in Canada. Details are available in the Consultation Notes.
Posted on : 2/9/2010. Categorized as : infectious diseases, HIV
Twenty-five percent of women living with HIV/AIDS (WHA) worldwide have an unmet need for contraception. More importantly, contraceptive methods must not increase the risk of HIV transmission to women at risk of HIV, increase disease progression or mortality rate in WHA, or increase incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and/or other related infections in this already vulnerable population. NCCID has produced this evidence review outlining some contraceptive methods for women living with HIV/AIDS and women at risk of HIV.
Posted on : 2/10/2010. Categorized as : infectious diseases, HIV
Many people living with HIV/AIDS (PHA) are in an ongoing sexual relationship with an HIV negative partner. These couples are referred to as discordant, serodiscordant, or serodivergent couples. The purpose of this paper, developed by the NCCID, is to review the literature for prevention interventions that target either men who have sex with men (MSM) or heterosexual discordant couples.
Posted on : 2/8/2010. Categorized as : infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance
Prepared for NCCID, this comprehensive review has two purposes; to give an overview of the modern feedlot industry in North America to provide context, and to search the scientific literature in order to identify alternative practices to antimicrobial use for disease control in that same industry.
Posted on : 2/8/2010. Categorized as : infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance
Resistance to antimicrobial drugs is a concern that exists worldwide and has a significant impact on human and animal health. Knowledge and practice gaps exist around the control of antimicrobial resistant infections in Canada, particularly in the community setting. To learn more, please consult this comprehensive review prepared for the NCCID.
Posted on : 1/28/2010. Categorized as : healthy public policy
Professor Daniel Weinstock's keynote address at the NCCs 2007 Summer Institute starts out with the claim that 'Evidence is not proof.' He then goes on to discuss what evidence is, clarifying our understanding of the concept using a philosophical perspective. This transcript from Dr. Weinstock's presentation lends some valuable perspective in a short read. To download the document, click here.
Posted on : 1/28/2010. Categorized as : healthy public policy
As part of a collaborative project between the NCCHPP and the Centre de recherche en éthique de l'Université de Montréal-CRÉUM (Research Centre on Ethics, University of Montréal) philosopher and Professor Daniel Weinstock gave a presentation on distributive justice in health.

Posted on : 1/28/2010. Categorized as : health inequalities
In order to find out whether the release of several public health reports and the publicizing of conferences and events would receive significant press coverage, the NCCHPP commissioned the Caisse Chartier Press Analysis Laboratory at the Université du Québec à Montréal to find out.
Posted on : 1/15/2010. Categorized as : aboriginal health, children
What is the difference between aggregated and disaggregated data? In this fact sheet, NCCAH explores the importance of collecting disaggregated data on the distinct experiences of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children.
Posted on : 1/15/2010. Categorized as : aboriginal health, children
This fact sheets explore the different child welfare services in Canada and the role of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.
Posted on : 1/12/2010. Categorized as : environmental health
This document synthesizes available research relating to the potential for wind turbines to affect the health of nearby residents.