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NCCHPP e-Bulletin - January 2012
Published January 18, 2012.
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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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Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Citizen Participation

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) currently represents one of the most structured practices available to public health actors for promoting the adoption of healthy public policies. It is applied to policies developed by sectors other than that of health that can significantly affect health determinants. The following documents focus on one of the methodological aspects of implementing health impact assessments, namely the role that can be assigned to citizen participation.

The first document explores the four main arguments favouring citizen participation in HIA. The second one looks at five categories of factors that can explain the significant gap between the participatory rhetoric attached to HIA, and actual practices. 

Citizen Participation in Health Impact Assessment (HIA): An Overview of the Principal Arguments Supporting It

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Citizen Participation in Health Impact Assessment (HIA): An Overview of the Risks and Obstacles

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The Centre in Action
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Workshop - A Method for Synthesizing Knowledge to Inform Public Policy Decision Makers - JASP 2011
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The Centre's Florence Morestin and François-Pierre Gauvin, in collaboration with Maude Chapados of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, led a workshop during Québec's Journées Annuelles de Santé Publique (Annual Public Health Days) in Montréal on November 30, 2011. 

This one-day workshop was intended for public health professionals who are expected to produce knowledge syntheses to inform policy makers.

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Urban Traffic Calming and Health - Presentation at CDPAC 2012

The NCCHPP's Olivier Bellefleur will present Urban Traffic Calming and Health: A Review of Literature on February 8, 2012 at the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada's (CDPAC), Conference in Ottawa. In another session, on February 9th, Olivier will discuss Urban Traffic Calming and Health Inequalities, notably how traffic-calming interventions could reduce (or do reduce) inequalities.

To learn more, please contact Olivier at: olivier.bellefleur@inspq.qc.ca

To visit the CDPAC Conference website, click here.
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NCCPH Summer Institute 2012 - Save the Date
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The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH) are pleased to announce that our 2012 Summer Institute will be held from May 15 to16, 2012 at the Delta Grand Hotel, in Kelowna, B.C.

This year's theme is: Advancing Health Equity, Building on Experience

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Summer Institute 2012 E-Bulletin.
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HIA 2012: How HIA Matters in Health in All Policies

Québec City will be hosting the 12th International Conference on HIA from August 29 to 31, 2012

The Conference has a general goal to advance HIA practice in light of new knowledge, to prove its relevance, and to stimulate its use in various public and private decision-making contexts. It is intended for all people whose decisions and actions may have an impact on health. A call for abstracts will be launched at the end of January.

The NCCHPP will present a preconference workshop for this event on August 29th. Details will follow in future bulletins.
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Our new Publications in the Spotlight 
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Structural Profile of Public Health in Canada - Updates

The Structural Profile of Public Health in Canada is an extensive online table showing how different jurisdictions in Canada are organized to address the essential public health functions. The Structural Profile has been online since 2008, and given the frequent changes to structures and organizations since then, it has seen some updates.
The NCCHPP first collected data in 2006. This information was updated and validated by key informants in each province and territory in 2007, and in 2009-2010. The section on Aboriginal health was significantly revised and updated in 2011.

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Methodology and Data Collection

This short document introduces the methodology underlying the Structural Profile and outlines the five essential public health functions around which it is organized.

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Glossary - Traffic Calming Measures

This glossary was developed in conjunction with the document Urban Traffic Calming and Health: A Literature Review for the purpose of describing and illustrating the various traffic-calming measures referred to in the review. It identifies traffic-calming measures by their most common name(s) in French and English.

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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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