This presentation will share the main findings of the Prevention System Quality Index (PSQI): Health Equity report, a companion to the 2016 Prevention System Quality Index: Monitoring Ontario’s Efforts in Cancer Prevention report. The PSQI: Health Equity report applies a health equity perspective to four risk factors for cancer and other chronic diseases – tobacco use, alcohol consumption, unhealthy eating, and physical inactivity. In this session, participants will examine the prevalence of certain cancer risk factors among populations facing health inequities, as well as disparities between populations on several indicators of policy and program effects. First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations are particular areas of focus in the report and this presentation. Participants will discuss opportunities to reduce cancer risk factors in populations facing health inequities and strategies they can implement in their own professional practice.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Apply a health equity perspective to the analysis of cancer risk factors in Ontario.
2. Describe how cancer risk factors are distributed in the Ontario population and identify populations at disproportionate risk.
3. Analyze the effects of system-level policies and programs on the cancer risk factors experienced by populations facing health inequities.
4. Discuss opportunities to reduce cancer risk factors in populations facing health inequities.
Presenters: Maria Chu and Michelle Rand
Maria Chu is a Senior Policy Specialist in the Population Health and Prevention Unit at Cancer Care Ontario. Her work focuses on knowledge synthesis to support system-level cancer prevention activities. She completed a Master of Information Studies degree at the University of Toronto.
Michelle Rand is a Team Lead in the Aboriginal Cancer Control Unit at Cancer Care Ontario. She has contributed to various projects and reports aimed at improving the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in Ontario. She holds a Masters of Public Health, specializing in global health from Simon Fraser University.
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