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.
This briefing note, by Paul Cairney of the University of Stirling, presents the importance of distinguishing between uncertainty and ambiguity in the strategies aimed to develop evidence-informed policy making.Read More
Dr. Brenda Macdougall's report weaves together a timeline of Metis in Canada, highlighting how kinship, culture, sovereignty and governance are critical to Metis identity and to their health and well-being.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
Standard burden of disease measures identify differences in disease patterns and trends for a population, but do not always look for differences within the population. We need a different approach to thinking about and measuring burden of disease—one that considers the social determinants of health and the effects of inequity.Read More
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.Read More
This concept paper serves as a starting point for a critical examination of burden of disease, with the longer-term goal of developing a framework to guide transparent, fair, meaningful, and practical measures of burden.Read More
Understanding Summary Measures Used to Estimate the Burden of Diseases: All About HALYs, DALYs and QALYs
Summary measures of the burden of disease in a population are popular and widely used, as they can simplify complex information about diseases, including risk factors, and the likelihood of resulting disability or other harm (morbidity), or death (mortality). This factsheet introduces the basic summary measures of burden of disease.Read More
This framework contributes to supporting the integration of population mental health within public health objectives and mandates across Canada. It frames the notion of population mental health following Kindig and Stoddart's (2003) population health framework. As such it integrates the determinants of mental health, mental health outcomes, and the policies and interventions that aim at improving mental health in the population and reducing inequalities in mental health.Read More
The Settings Approach in Public Health: Thinking about Schools in Infectious Disease Prevention and Control
The purpose of this Purple Paper is to consider the settings approach to health promotion in schools, specifically with respect to infectious disease, and to stimulate considerations for the development of a framework to further advance partnerships and collaboration between public health and the education sector in Canada. It is also intended to provide a context for considerations and reviews of more specific policy options for prevention and control of infectious diseases in schools as well as in many other settings.Read More
This briefing note proposes a framework for healthy public policies favouring Mental Health (HPP-FMH). The paper defines what is meant by the expression "healthy public policies favouring mental health," presents the determinants of mental health to illustrate the areas where public policies might have the most influence, and concludes with a brief overview of evidence to support HPP-FMH.Read More