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Commission on Social Determinants of Health, 2008
(On the World Health Organization site)

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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


Webinar - Wicked Problems: What Are They and What Can Public Health Do About Them?
This webinar offered a general overview of the concept of wicked problems, particularly as they relate to healthy public policy.
November 2015. 

Presenter: Val Morrison (NCCHPP)
Date: Thursday November 26, 2015   
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (EST)

This webinar is part of a series of webinars organized by the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health in collaboration with the Public Health Physicians of Canada. 

The term 'wicked problems' is increasingly used to describe a particularly complex type of problem that is difficult, persistent, and resistant to solution. Frequently encountered in both public health and public policy, wicked problems present a high level of difficulty because, among other things, they are often intertwined with other complex problems. Health inequalities are a good example because they can be linked to a number of other issues such as income, education and/or race and ethnicity, to name a few. These types of problems are not easily solved with traditional approaches and require context-specific actions that take this complexity into account..

Wicked Problems: What Are They and What Can Public Health Do About Them?
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In this webinar, participants were introduced to:

  • The origins and usefulness of the concept of wicked problems.
  • How to define wicked problems and distinguish them from other types of problems.
  • The importance of dealing with wicked problems in ways that emphasize collaboration, dialogue, and shared understanding.
  • Resources to learn more about different practical approaches to wicked problems

Understanding wicked problems can be useful for advancing public health physicians' competencies in these domains:

  • Policy, planning & program development
  • Communication, collaboration & advocacy for the public's health
  • Leadership and management

In preparation for this webinar, we invited participants to read a short document entitled “Wicked Problems and Public Policy” available here.

Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is accredited by the École de santé publique de l'Université de Montréal (University of Montréal's School of Public Health).

For this course, we have also requested CME study credits from McGill University, Office for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which sponsors continuing medical education for physicians. The Office for CHPE at McGill University is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Education (CACME).

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The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.