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“A network of networks” : the NCCs highlighted in the CCDR’s latest issue on networking

Categories : Featured resources,NCCDH,NCCEH,NCCHPP,NCCID,NCCIH,NCCMT,Social Determinants of Health

An issue of the CCDR on networking

The Canadian Communicable Disease Report (CCDR) underscores the work of the NCCs in its February-March 2020 issue which examines the fundamental role of networking in public health. In their overview entitled "Canada’s National Collaborating Centres: Facilitating evidence-informed decision-making in public health", authors Alejandra Dubois and Mélanie Lévesque discuss the development and mandate of the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health, as well as current topic areas and priorities across the NCCs.

Climate change and other current priorities of the NCCs

In addition to highlighting the mission and activities of the NCCs, Dubois and Lévesque also describe the role of the expert advisory boards, as well as strategies such as "convening national gatherings, supporting and participating in networks and committees, and (...) partnering with Indigenous leaders and organizations and working with governments at all levels" that allow each NCC to identify their most pressing concerns for 2020 and into the future.

The authors go on to enumerate the many key areas and priorities across the NCCs, including:

  • the changing climate, emergency preparedness and response (NCCEH),
  • addressing the structural drivers of inequity (NCCDH),
  • support the development of competencies and organizational capacity in policy analysis (NCCHPP),
  • mobilizing Indigenous-informed evidence across sectors and jurisdictions to support Indigenous health equity (NCCIH),
  • supporting public health responses to infectious diseases among migrants and mobile populations (NCCID),
  • supporting evidence-informed decision-making in public health in Canada (NCCMT). 

The NCCs: a "network of networks"

Michel Deilgat and Patricia Huston, in their editorial "Networking—A quintessential public health activity", note that "networks are so integrated into the very DNA of public health (...) much like a fish that simply assumes the existence of water". They go on to describe the NCCPH as a "network of networks", creating partnerships and fostering networks at all levels  of Canada's public health system, employing knowledge brokers to identify gaps, synthesize research and other evidence and encouraging evidence-informed decision-making in all areas of public health.