The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) provides the Canadian public health community with “knowledge and resources to take action on the social determinants of health, to close the gap between those who are most and least healthy”. As an extension of this goal, the NCCDH developed their free downloadable let’s talk series of resources, to “promote discussion and understanding of how key concepts in health equity apply in public health practice”.
To date, the let’s talk series includes the following:
- Let’s talk… Populations and the power of language. This resource “explores how the language public health practitioners and organizations use to describe populations influences how we frame problems and solutions, make decisions, and implement activities that seek to reduce inequities between groups”.
- Let’s talk… Moving upstream. This resource “describes how public health works at three levels—downstream, midstream, and upstream—to improve everyone’s chance for good health. It provides definitions, examples and strategies to help practitioners and decision-makers develop interventions that address the causes-of-the-causes of poor health”.
- Let’s talk… Health equity. This resource “describes the concepts of health equity and inequity and how they apply to public health practice”.
- Let’s talk… Public health roles for improving health equity. This resource offers “a framework for reflection and action”.
- Let’s talk… Universal and targeted approaches to health equity. This resource “explores the approaches public health organizations use to close the gap between the most and least healthy and reduce disparities all along the socio-economic status gradient”.