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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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Anatomy of a Systematic Review

How do you know if a systematic review has been done well? First you need to know the parts that make up a systematic review; then you need to know where to focus your attention to assess the quality. This tool describes the anatomy of a systematic review so you can quickly and easily find the information you need to complete the critical appraisal process.

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Float Tanks: Considerations for Environmental Public Health

Floatation refers to a meditative activity in which users float in a high-density Epsom salt solution in a dark, quiet environment. Because float tanks are distinct from swimming pools and other recreational water, questions have been raised regarding the need for and efficacy of various disinfection methods. Although direct evidence is lacking, pathogen kill assays and field studies from recreational water suggest the need for caution regarding H2O2+UV as a disinfection method. Float tanks do not appear to be risky in and of themselves; further research on floatation tanks under normal and worst-case operating conditions will help to inform best practices.

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The Role of Human Health and Animal Health in Antimicrobial Resistance

The global implications of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) require immediate action. Knowledge of the various contexts in which antimicrobials are used, such as human health, animal health, and agriculture, is required to get a complete picture of what is causing this unprecedented acceleration of resistance and what can be done to reverse it.

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Indigenous Knowledge and Knowledge Synthesis, Translation and Exchange (KSTE)

National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health | 02/24/2014 | Aboriginal Health, Indigenous health, Indigenous knowledges, Key concepts Report NCCIH 1.4 Use evidence and research

This discussion paper is the first in a series of three focused on Indigenous knowledge synthesis, translation, and exchange (KSTE) aimed at improving the health of Indigenous people in Canada. It provides an overview of KSTE in public health, evidence-informed public health, types of evidence reviews, implementation science, Indigenous knowledge as “evidence,” research ethics and participatory KSTE, and Indigenous KSTE systems.

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Taking Stock of Crack Pipe Distribution Programs

Urban and provincial public health departments and community agencies now have over ten years’ experience with crack pipe distribution as a strategy for harm reduction, prevention of blood borne infections, and community engagement. In this webinar, Winnipeg and Ottawa offered two case examples to consider what we’ve learned about a range of program outcomes, how we measure effectiveness and features of implementation or contexts that may influence results.

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Health Impact Assessment in Environmental Health: Methods, Tools and Policy Change

Health impact assessment (HIA) is usually defined as a combination of procedures, methods and tools by which a policy, a program or a project can be judged or evaluated on the basis of its potential effects on the health of a population. This session will cover various aspects of HIA, including theoretical basis, HIA tools and use of HIA to influence policy. At the end of this session, participants will: 1) understand the HIA approach as demonstrated in theory and a case study; 2) acquire knowledge and skills in applying HIA by working through real-world examples; 3) be able to assess the relevance of HIA in their own diverse contexts and practices; and 4) understand how information from HIA can be used to influence policy. The session will include formal talks, a case example using waste-to-energy, and group work using case examples from participants’ own situations.

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Exploring evidence in Aboriginal health

A short narrative report accompanying our DVD Dialogue Circle: Ways of Knowing. Looking through the lens of Indigenous Knowledge, participants in an NCCAH-hosted 'dialogue circle' in Vancouver B.C. explore what constitutes 'evidence' in Aboriginal health.

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