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Health equity is a priority in the reform of public health systems and services in both BC and Ontario. While health equity is embraced by public health practitioners as a key goal, there are multiple and competing priorities that make it challenging to implement health equity. This presentation will focus on strategies to incorporate health equity into public health practice and decision making.
In the presentation, we will share findings from the collaborative and participatory “Renewal of Public Health Systems” (RePHS) program of research. This program examined the implementation of the Ontario Public Health Standards and the Core Public Health Functions framework in BC using two programs as exemplar cases: chronic disease prevention (CDP) (Healthy Living in BC) and sexually transmitted infection prevention (STIP). The focus will be on sharing and discussing key insights for implementation for health equity in the next generation of public health renewal.
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Presenters: Bernie Pauly and Anita Kothari
Bernie Pauly RN, Ph.D is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria and a Scientist with the Centre for Additions Research of BC. She is also a co-lead of the Renewal of Public Health Systems and Services Program of Research and the Equity Lens in Public Health Project (ELPH).
Anita Kothari is an Associate Professor in the School of Health Studies at the University of Western Ontario. She has worked on the RePHS (Renewal of Public Health Systems and Services Program of Research), project for the last five years, and more recently has been working with a number of Ontario health units on a Locally Driven Collaborative Project (LDCP) to develop health equity performance indicators.
Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.
PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).
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