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Webinar - Mapping out the social determinants of health of refugee and migrant women in Canada: Applying an Intersectional Lens. The PPT presentation and the recording will soon be available online.

Webinar - Practical Approaches to Wicked Problems: What Works?
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NCCHPP Webinar - Policy Approaches to Reducing Health Inequalities
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Policy Approaches to Reducing Health Inequalities
 816 K

Update - Comprehensive policies to combat poverty across Canada, by province

Health Inequalities and Intersectionality
 668 K

Annotated Bibliography: Health Inequalities
586 K

Closing the Gap in a Generation
Commission on Social Determinants of Health, 2008
(On the World Health Organization site)

Public health speaks: Intersectionality and health equity (On the site of NCCDH)

The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2008:
Addressing Health Inequalities

(On the site of the Public Health Agency of Canada)

Dialogue Mapping: Building Shared Understanding of Wicked Problems.
Conklin, J., 2005
(Information available on the site of the CogNexus Institute)

Construire l'espace sociosanitaire : Expériences et pratiques de recherche dans la production locale de la santé. In French. Under the direction of Aubry, F. and Potvin, L. (2012). On the site of the University of Montréal.


Val Morrison

Wicked Problems and Public Policy
This fact sheet defines the essential features of wicked problems and discusses how they might be addressed.
Published in June 2013. DescriptionDownload  555 K

Wicked problems are particularly complex, persistent and hard-to-resolve. They are commonly encountered in public policy work, and notably within the public health sector. Wicked problems defy the usual linear approaches and are not amenable to straightforward solutions. One of the reasons they are particularly difficult to resolve is because they are usually intertwined with other complex issues. Health inequalities, for example, may be tied to a multitude of issues such as poverty, education, race/ethnicity or gender.

This fact sheet defines the essential features of wicked problems, differentiates them from other kinds of problem, and discusses how they might be addressed.


Wicked problems and public policy
5 pages
 555 K


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You might also be interested in the following presentation on wicked problems: “Tackling Wicked Problems in the Built Environment: Of Health Inequalities and Bedbugs”.
To read the presentation, click here.

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