The Ontario Public Health Standards requires Boards of Health to identify and engage with priority populations. At present, there is no standardized process for public health units to identify priority populations. This presentation will highlight Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s two -stage standardized process for identifying and selecting an organizational priority population. The first stage involves an initial screening process where select indicators are compared across populations at risk in order to identify one or more populations where need is demonstrated to be greater. The second stage is an assessment of the collective readiness of the organization based on the indicators of capacity, partnership and collaboration. This presentation will provide details of the automated tool and will assist participants in developing their own standardized internal process for the identification and selection of priority populations.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
• Develop a framework to aid in the screening process of identifying priority populations
• Incorporate indicators related to need, impact, capacity and partnerships into a priority population framework
• Develop a process to evaluate and select a priority population
Presented by: Emily House
Emily House is a research analyst at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and recently attained her Master of Public Health from Lakehead University. Her work focuses on health equity indicators, ethics, and the social determinants of health.
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