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Implementing Local Public Health Practices to Reduce Social Inequities in Health


What is the evidence base for local public health practices to reduce social inequities in health and how can this evidence optimally inform decision-making about programs and services? These reports, completed in partial fulfillment of a Canadian Health Services Research Foundation Fellowship, outline the processes undertaken to address these questions and identify 10 promising local public health practices to reduce social inequities in health.

Primary Toolkit:

Health Equity and Social Justice Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Health Equity, Health Policy, Health Promotion and Health Education, Social Justice, Vulnerable Populations


Institutional Author:

Sudbury & District Health Unit, Ontario, Canada





Five most recent user comments

4 Stars of 5 - Very Useful
Tool review
By Gretchen Musicant
This paper is well researched and offers a practical list of ten ways that local health departments can focus thier practice to reduce health inequalities. The paper is well researched and written. It goes into more depth for three of the recomended practices and helps the reader consider how to evaluate readiness of an organization to adopt these practices.

4 Stars of 5 - Very Useful
Health Inequity and Local Practices
By Thomas Schlenker
This working document submitted by the Sudbury, Ontario local public health agency is an admirable product of the Canadian Health Services EXTRA fellowship (Executive Training for Research Application).  It examines the evidence that local public health practices can reduce health inequities, identifies ten practices that are atleast "promising," selects three for implementation using criteria based on need, capacity and impact and finally discusses the beginning stages of implementation in Sudbury.  It's greatest strength is that it is well written, well organized and concrete, of truly practical benefit to other LHDs serious about addressing health inequity.  All ten health practices are cogently presented and well referenced although actual evidence is not.  The process of "research-oriented decision making" is beautifully described.  Kudos to our neighbors to the North.  Please visit Wisconsin any time!

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