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NCCHPP e-Bulletin - November 2011
Published November 29, 2011.
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The National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) seeks to increase the expertise of public health actors across Canada in healthy public policy through the development, sharing and use of knowledge.  Contact us.     
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In the Spotlight this Month
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Urban Traffic Calming and Health: A Literature Review

Since traffic calming is a promising way to intervene on the built environment which seems to be gaining interest in Canada, the NCCHPP did a literature review examining its effects on four determinants of health, namely:

• The number and severity of road collisions,
• Air quality,
• Environmental noise, and
• Physical activity associated with active transportation.

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The Centre in Action
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Framework for Analyzing Public Policies

The Centre's Florence Morestin presented a framework for analyzing public policies as part of a workshop on public policies, organized and presented in collaboration with Maude Chapados of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

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Florence and colleagues will be organizing workshops throughout 2012 to provide background and methodological support for applying the Centre's method for synthesizing knowledge about public policies. Workshops are currently scheduled for JASP in Montréal on November 30, 2011 and The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) in Toronto in April 2012. Click here to read more.
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JASP 2011
From November 28 to December 1, the Centre will be at the JASP ( Journées annuelles de santé publique - Annual public health days) in Montréal. There, Florence Morestin and François-Pierre Gauvin from the NCCHPP, and the INSPQ's Maude Chapados, will present a workshop on the Centre's method for synthesizing knowledge about public policies. In addition, the Centre is involved in the presentation of three other workshops. We will be available for questions and discussion at our booth. We hope that you will join us for coffee and croissants on the morning of Wednesday, November 30th. 
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Building Healthy Communities: Bringing Health and Wellness to the Community Planning Table

The NCCHPP will participate in this conference on November 29th and 30th in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. This conference will give participants the opportunity to reflect and exchange on various issues surrounding the built environment in the province.

The Centre's François Benoit and François Gagnon will respectively host a needs assessment session and a workshop on transportation policies and inequalities.

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Our new Publications in the Spotlight 
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Traffic Calming: Political Dimensions

Traffic calming is a manner of intervening in the built environment that appears to offer significant potential as a way to improve population health. The many traffic calming intervention strategies used by public authorities can be classified into two categories. One can be called the black-spots approach, and the other the area-wide approach.

The purpose of this document is to provide public health authorities in Canada with a few political reference points on these two approaches.

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HIA Implementation in Canada: HIA Project in Montérégie, Québec

During 2007-2008, Québéc's Montérégie region launched an HIA pilot project. This report, by the Centre's Louise St-Pierre and Anika Mendell, presents an account of this HIA pilot project's start-up, by the public health authority in the Montérégie region, in order to engage the municipal government to undertake health impact assessments of prospective municipal projects or policies. The report describes, in brief, the different stages of the pilot project, the mechanisms put in place to help ensure collaboration, the objectives of the project, the evaluation plan, and the main findings that emerged from the process.

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Food Policy Councils
Food policy councils are not-for-profit organizations composed of representatives from different and diverse sectors of the food system. They collaborate to find practical solutions to the challenges relating to managing food systems at the local and even national levels.

This briefing note, by Wendy Mendes of the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia, sets out to introduce public health professionals to issues related to food systems and to how food policy councils can influence healthy public policies

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Thank you for reading. As always, we would like to hear your comments on this and all of our work.
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