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.
The structure of public health in Canada is complex. The federal government, the ten provinces and three territories are all structured differently. This resource, designed in the form of a table, shows the reader how public health functions are organized within each of these jurisdictions.Read More
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.Read More
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.
An Introduction to Punctuated Equilibrium: A Model for Understanding Stability and Dramatic Change in Public Policies - Nouvelles Du Site
In this document, we look at the “Punctuated Equilibrium” model, which aims to explain why public policies tend to be characterized by long periods of stability punctuated by short periods of radical change. This model can help public health actors understand why governments are sometimes receptive to evidence and discussion leading to significant policy change, whereas at other times, government seems to be less receptive to change and only open to making minor adjustments. This model can also help guide the actions and strategies that public health actors can use to influence public policy. To this end, we will provide some insights on how public health actors can use the punctuated equilibrium model to analyze situations and identify opportune moments and strategies for acting upon policies.Read More
Foundations: Definitions and concepts to frame population mental health promotion for children and youth
The six NCCs for Public Health collaborated on a project to increase understanding of population mental health promotion for children and youth. Together, they developed a collection of documents to mobilize knowledge, clarify key concepts, and strengthen public health practice in this area.Read More
The Advisors of Policy Makers: Who Are They, How Do They Handle Scientific Knowledge and What Can We Learn About How to Share Such Knowledge with Them?
When one wishes to share public health knowledge in the hope of influencing public policy development, are policy makers the most relevant actors to target? Despite being often overlooked, the advisors of policy makers play an important role in public policy development. Moreover, when scientific knowledge is used in that process, advisors are the ones who handle such knowledge. This literature review analyzes 70 documents that focus on the observations of advisors themselves, or of actors who rub shoulders with them. It sketches the profile of these advisors: some of them are public servants in departments or in local governments, while others are political advisors in ministerial offices or in the legislative branch. Our paper then describes the work these advisors carry out, especially as it comes to using scientific knowledge. Last, it sets out to pinpoint the influence these advisors have in political circles.Throughout the document, we draw on findings that emerge from the literature to suggest avenues for reflection to help readers to analyze their own contexts and determine the knowledge-sharing approach most suited to their needs. Read More
In this article, we present the momentum for change at the policy level within the field of mental health, and we present a framework to support population mental health action that builds on previous work developed at the NCCHPP. Finally, we illustrate how the application of a populational responsibility perspective, as it is defined in the context of Québec, facilitates the implementation of the various elements of this framework. In the end, we hope that this will better equip public health actors to situate their practice in favour of the population's mental health.Read More
The NCCHPP has started to produce and to gather together adapted frameworks and cases to help familiarize practitioners with frameworks and with ethical deliberation. To date the NCCHPP proposes seven frameworks and six cases, and will be adding to these over time.Read More
Knowledge Sharing and Public Policy Series - Policy Makers' Advisors, Scientific Knowledge and Knowledge Sharing: Highlights of a Literature Review and Key Lessons
The NCCHPP has published an extensive literature review that deals with political actors that are often overlooked: the advisors of policy makers. The analysis we produced explores their profiles, the way they use scientific knowledge and their influence in government circles. The summary offered here outlines highlights of the analysis and key considerations for public health actors hoping to share knowledge with policy makers' advisors.Read More
Population Mental Health in Canada: An Overview of the Context, Stakeholders and Initiatives to Support Action in Public Health
This document sets out to help public health practitioners by explaining the momentum we are witnessing in population mental health, by promoting access to key resources, and by raising awareness of certain initiatives intended to support them.Read More