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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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A Model for Evidence-Informed Decision Making in Public Health

Evidence-informed public health involves integrating the best available research evidence into the decision-making process. Additional factors - community health issues and local context; community and political preferences and actions; and public health resources - create the environment in which that research evidence is interpreted and applied.

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Key public health resources for Master of Public Health students: A curated list

This curated list from the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) outlines key resources to support Master of Public Health (MPH) students looking to incorporate health equity action into their career in Canadian public health.

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Key public health resources for anti-racism action: A curated list

This reading list is designed to offer a starting point for public health practitioners hoping to deepen their understanding of the causes and implications of structural racism. In addition, the collection highlights different strategies for dismantling racist systems and offers examples of communities that have experience success with these aims.

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Cyanobacteria in Freshwater

What are cyanobacteria? Are cyanoblooms preventable? Who is at risk and how does exposure occur? Is there testing for cyanotoxins? This NCCEH document provides a brief outline of these key questions related to cyanobacteria and the toxins they produce.

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6S Search Pyramid Tool

This tool was developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) to help public health professionals efficiently search for research evidence. The interactive pyramid is pre-populated with high-quality databases relevant to public health. This tool guides public health professionals to look for the most synthesized, highest quality research evidence first.

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Using a hierarchy of evidence to assess chemical health risks of artificial turf

Over the past 40 years, artificial turf has become common in public and private settings. Compared to natural turf, artificial turf is easier to maintain, requires less water and no fertilizer, and provides a year-round access to playing surfaces. This is presumed to have important public health benefits by promoting physical activity and access to recreational space, although detailed research into benefits is lacking. However, artificial turf has potential drawbacks that range from environmental risks (e.g., chemical leaching to waterways), physical hazards (e.g., heat exposure and increased rates of injury), and finally toxicological hazards. Public risk perception around artificial turf has been amplified by a recent documentary claiming to have found an increased incidence of cancer among young adults playing soccer on artificial turf. As a result of this widespread use and growing public concern, public health agencies are frequently asked to weigh the risks and benefits of artificial turf facilities. However, this is challenging given that relatively few studies addressed artificial turf health impacts. Furthermore, data on the presence or release of certain toxic compounds is often discussed without reference to exposure scenarios. The aim of this document is to facilitate public health decision-making by discussing the strengths and limitations of the methods used to study the chemical risks of artificial turf, and how these studies contribute to our developing understanding of artificial turf health risks.

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Notifiable Diseases Database

The Notifiable Diseases Database is a public online resource for notifiable disease policy information in Canada. It provides a central location where federal, provincial and territorial notifiable disease lists, case definitions and legislated reporting requirements can be easily retrieved and compared. The Notifiable Diseases Database is particularly useful for Canadian public health officials, policy makers, epidemiologists, practitioners and researchers, among others. It provides context to the collection of provincial, territorial and national surveillance data, which can lead to better interpretation, communication and response in the face of outbreaks and epidemics. The NDDB is used to stimulate discussion regarding variations in notifiable disease lists, terminology, case definitions and reporting criteria across the country.

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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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