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Public policy development processes? What role can public health actors play? Patrick Fafard's workshop for the NCCHPP on public policy development processes, presented during the 2009 Summer Institute.

Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. World Health Organization, 1986. On the site of the World Health Organization.

Health promotion, advocacy and health inequalities: a conceptual framework. Carlisle, S. (2000). Health Promotion International, 15, 369-376. Abstract available on the Oxford Journals site.

Advocacy for Healthy Public Policy as a Health Promotion Technology.  MS Word 327 K.  McCubbin, M., Labonté, R., and Dallaire, B. (2001) University of Toronto, Centre for Health Promotion. Available on the site of the Centre for Health Promotion.

Reflections on a 38-year career in public health advocacy: 10 pieces of advice to early career researchers and advocates. Chapman, S. (March 2015) Volume 25, Issue 2. On the site of the Public Health Research & Practice.

Florence Morestin

Project Update - Advocacy - October 2010
One way in which we can understand public health advocacy points to the role of public health in voicing the needs of populations who do not have a collective voice: marginalized populations, vulnerable groups and, in general, groups who do not have a say. (Carlisle, S. 2000)

The Centre is focusing on several dimensions of this question and will be producing documents on each of the following areas:

Image of numerous traffic signals © Stuart Miles     Defining the concept
The Question:
What is advocacy and how does it differ from citizen activism?
Our projects: produce briefing notes to explain what advocacy for health is.

The tools for producing advocacy activities
The Question: how to produce advocacy activities?
Our projects: an inventory of the principal guides, available in English and French, will be produced in order to guide public health actors in their work. 

Organizational modalities
The Question:
How can public health units undertake advocacy in a coordinated, principled, and relevant fashion?
Our projects: The NCCHPP will summarize the frames of reference used by different public health units from across Canada. 

Ethical dimensions
The Question: the fact of speaking for a population raises different ethical questions. Some underscore the risk of paternalism when one purports to speak for a population. Others point, on the contrary, to the ethical issues when one chooses not to practice advocacy.
Our projects: we will be proposing a summary of approaches from the perspectives of ethics, public policy, and advocacy.

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