#458 Continuing down the path: doing the work of improving health equity and addressing the challenges of organizational change
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“Like most health units, we have a long history of caring deeply about the well-being of disadvantaged populations, but we didn’t carry out health equity or priority population work in a formal or consistent manner. Now, that work is becoming more purposeful, more consistent, more comfortable, and more routine.” – Dr. Lisa Simon, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
This webinar will further explore the stories of the Ontario public health units who shared their experience of purposefully integrating health equity into their work, as documented in the case study The Path Taken: Developing organizations capacity for improving health equity in four Ontario health units (http://nccdh.ca/resources/entry/developing-organizational-capacity-for-improving-health-equity-in-four-onta).
The case study documents how each featured health unit approached health equity in its own unique fashion and provides a summary of success factors and potential tensions common across each organization.
Guest presenters will describe what the success factors look like in their organization, and how they are tackling their top two potential tensions. We will also explore the implications for public health organizational capacity in Ontario and other jurisdictions in Canada based on the Organizational Capacity for Public Health Equity Action (OC-PHEA) framework (Cohen et al., 2013).
With our special guests we will explore:
1. How have the success factors been important in advancing the work in each health unit? Were these factors identified as important in the early stages of organizational capacity building or did they emerge over time? Do they all continue to be important?
2. Of the six potential tensions identified in the case study, which have been the most important and how has the health unit responded? Have any of the tensions been resolved? How was this done? Are new tensions emerging as the organization develops?
3. How does the OC-PHEA framework help us recognize success factors and address potential tensions? What can we learn from these experiences that will strengthen the OC-PHEA framework and application in public health jurisdictions outside of Ontario?
Who should attend?
Public health practitioners at all levels will benefit from hearing practical stories about building public health capacity to do the work of improving health equity.
Marty Mako – Health Promoter, Public Health, Niagara Region
Marty Mako has been a Health Promoter for Niagara Region Public Health since 2005. He works in the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention division, and his portfolio includes projects that identify and meet the needs of priority populations. He is also a member of the alpha/OPHA Health Equity Workgroup, fostering improvements in health equity at a provincial level.
Dr. Benita Cohen – University of Manitoba
Benita Cohen is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Her focus is on strengthening the integration of an equity/social justice lens in public health education, research, policy and practice. Dr. Cohen's research activities have included work on the role of public health agencies in addressing child & family poverty; poverty and social inclusion among psychiatric survivors; a health equity scan of tobacco control programs in Canada; a scoping review of the role of advocacy for health equity in public health practice; an equity-focused health impact assessment of a proposed provincial parenting program; and development of a Conceptual Framework of Organizational Capacity for Public Health Equity Action.
Jennifer Johnston - Public Health Nurse / Health Promotion Specialist, Social Determinants of Health & Health Equity, Healthy Schools Department, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
Jennifer Johnston has been a Health Promotion Specialist (HPS) with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit since 2012. She started in the Social Determinants of Health & Healthy Equity - Public Health Nurse (PHN) role in the spring of 2014 and in spring 2015 this role was transitioned into a hybrid HPS/SDoH PHN position within the Healthy Schools Department. Her work focuses on program planning, implementation, evaluation, resource development, consultation, and advocacy from a health equity perspective.
Lesley Dyck, MA
Knowledge Translation Specialist,
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)