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The Portal brings together a broad selection of resources from all six of the National Collaborating Centres (NCCs). Search for resources by clicking on NCC, Type, Topic and Core Competency.

Please note: the Portal is not exhaustive and not all resources are indexed by PHAC Core Competency.

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Incorporating Health in Urban Planning: Quebec City Case Study

The province of Québec was one of the first jurisdictions in Canada to introduce HIA to support decision making. Québec government policy directions for land use planning require improving the quality of life in urban settings by taking into account, among other things, health, safety, and environmental protection. In addition, various government policies and programs recommend the use of HIA. These include Québec’s Public Health Program (2015-2025) and the policy for Population Health Improvement (2016). Given this favourable context, the municipality of Québec initiated an HIA implementation project as a new way of improving its citizens’ quality of life. The key objectives of this ongoing project are to perform HIAs of different scales (regional, local, site-specific) within the context of existing urban planning processes, to build regional intersectoral capacity, and to assess HIA implementation within urban planning.

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The Policy Brief: A Tool for Knowledge Transfer

During the past decade, the policy brief has been growing in popularity as a tool as a tool for summarizing and communicating research evidence with policy makers. But the term “policy brief” (or other equivalent terms) is used to designate documents with various kinds of contents and formats, which can be confusing. The aim of this document is to guide knowledge producers (researchers, scientific advisors or analysts, consultants, etc.) through the writing of an evidence-informed policy brief intended for policy makers. Based on a literature review, this document describes the characteristics of the policy brief, its components and the elements to consider when writing one in order to maximize its potential. It also provides a selection of writing guides to help readers find resources adapted to their specific needs.

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Collection of Adapted Summaries of Public Health Ethics Frameworks and Very Short Case Studies

National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy | 04/01/2019 | Core competencies, Ethics, Healthy Public Policy, Policy, Policy analysis, Professional development Case Study NCCHPP

We have started to produce and gather together these adapted frameworks and cases to help familiarize practitioners with frameworks and with ethical deliberation. To date we have eight frameworks and six cases, and will be adding to these over time. Latest update: April 2019.

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Resolving wicked problems: key factors and resources

This document is part of a series of documents, webinars, and workshops on wicked problems. It highlights key factors and resources for dealing with wicked problems and offers readers some practical examples for how these may be addressed. Our hope is that it will be useful to public health actors by helping to focus their approach to the specific problems their organizations are faced with and by suggesting resources that might be helpful.

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Scan of Mental Health Strategies in Canada

National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy | 10/04/2018 | Healthy Public Policy, Mental health and wellness NCCHPP

The Scan of Mental Health Strategies aims to show what is being developed in the field of population mental health across Canada. It provides an overview of mental health and wellness and related strategies through comparative tables and summaries, with a particular emphasis on work related to the promotion of mental health and the prevention of mental illnesses. Updated in October, 2018.

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Health in All Policies: South Australia's Experience

National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy | 03/01/2018 | Advocacy, Healthy Public Policy, Population health status reporting Video NCCHPP

In November 2016, the NCCHPP conducted an interview with Carmel Williams, Manager of the Health Determinants and Policy team at the South Australia Department for Health and Ageing. Ms. Williams was in Québec to participate in the Journées annuelles de santé publique (JASP - Québec's Annual Public Health Days).

This interview is presented in two clips in which Ms. Williams presents the various dimensions of the Health in All Policies approach.

Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a strategy to address the underlying causes of health and well-being. It is principally about trying to influence the policy approaches and decisions of other government agencies that have the levers and controls to actually influence health and well-being at the population level.

Clip 2 - Health in All Policies: South Australia's Experience

In this second clip, Mrs Williams describes the Australian experience of implementing a Health in All Policies Approach.

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