Health Agency of Canada Initiatives
The Public Health Agency of Canada is taking a leadership role in seeking
out opportunities to build a population health approach into existing
and planned activities, and drawing current and potential new partners
into the process.
To realize its goals, the department will take a multi-level approach
aimed at promoting understanding and action by connecting:
- within the Public Health Agency of Canada,
- with Canadians, and Canadian
- the broader government policy
- and the international community.
This multi-level initiative - and the challenges of implementing a population
health approach - will be addressed through a long-term 'investment plan' which
has been drafted to guide and focus activity. The Blueprint to Promote a Population
Health Approach in Canada has six investment strategies:
- to develop concepts and theoretical frameworks
- to adopt the approach in policy
- to develop the evidence
- to advance the approach through marketing, communications
- to mobilize through partnerships
and intersectoral action
- to establish the organizational infrastructure to sustain
The employees of the regional offices of the Population and Public Health Branch
(PPHB) are responsible for the mobilization of the population health approach.
Mobilization is intended to put the population health approach into action.
It refers to intersectoral collaboration on population health initiatives across
sectors (e.g. business, labour, social and health), and levels of government
(e.g. local, provincial, territorial). It is about the "doing" of the approach
- actingon health issues in a way that is consistent with the guiding principles
and characteristics that we have come to identify with the population health
approach. Mobilization is critically important to the success of the population
health approach because it puts theory into practice and will generate evidence
about its effectiveness.
Connecting With Canadians
The Public Health Agency of Canada will inform and engage people across the country about the nature
and expected benefits of a population health approach, as well as provide the
information they need to act on behalf of their own health. Activities include:
a Healthy Future: Second Report on the Health of Canadians (September 1999) summarizes the most current information we have on the health of Canadians.
It was developed by the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Advisory Committee
on Population Health in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of
Canada, Statistics Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information
and a project team from the Centre for Health Promotion, University of
Toronto. It is a landmark public policy report that examines all of the
major factors or "determinants" that
influence the health of Canadians of all ages. It draws on results from
the National Population Health Survey, the National Longitudinal Survey
on Children and Youth and numerous other sources, to provide a comprehensive
picture of the state of the nation's health.
- Building A Healthy Future (PDF format) is intended
to provide health intermediaries and the general public with key messages
a Healthy Future: Second Report on the Health of Canadians. This plain-language
popular version is one way of getting simple and compelling population
messages out to people who would not otherwise read the Report itself.
It was produced by the Canadian Public Health Association and funded
Health Agency of Canada, Alberta, NWT, Nunavut This
new web site features the Public Health Agency of Canada activities in
the Alberta, NWT and Nunavut regions of Canada. In March of 1999 the
Branch (AB/NWT) held a workshop on Intersectoral Action and Health. Presentations
were made on models of intersectoral action, consensus decision making,
action at the municipal level, and partnership development.
- The Innovation Strategy supports the development, implementation and evaluation of promising population health initiatives to increase and strengthen population health action in Canada.
The Health Promotion and Programs Branch of the Public Health Agency
of Canada launched the Meta Project in 1998, a branch wide continuous
learning initiative to facilitate the integration of the population health
approach into health policy, program development and practice. A survey
of Branch staff revealed strong support for the population health approach,
but also a need to develop better understanding. In order to determine
team learning needs for the Branch, thirteen facilitators participated
in a three day workshop on facilitation, and then worked with 25 teams.
Based on the individual and team learning needs, the Branch Population
Health Approach Continuous Learning Plan was developed.