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Canadian Public Health Association

Concurrent Sessions 6

Wednesday 1 May - 15:45 - 17:15

Subject to change.


The integration of health equity into routine population health status reporting by public health will result in increased capacity to take action on the social determinants of health. The equity-integrated population health status reporting (EI-PHSR) action framework can be applied by public health organizations in creating community health status reports. Participants will be introduced to the core components of the EI-PHSR action framework through practice-based examples from public health organizations who have integrated a health equity lens into their overdose surveillance and reporting using the EI-PHSR action framework.

Participants will interactively explore how they can apply the components of the EI-PHSR action framework within their own organizational context. This workshop will help participants identify manageable but meaningful steps toward implementing EI-PHSR within their organizations using the action framework.  


This workshop will provide an overview of the methods and key provincial and territorial findings from the recent study of Canadian substance use costs and harms. Following this, facilitators will demonstrate the functionality of a complementary online data visualization tool. This will include explanations of the different study measures (e.g., counts, rates, costs); outcomes (e.g., hospitalizations, deaths, policing); and variables (e.g., substance, sex, age, year) that can be examined. It will also include a demonstration on generating various types of figures (e.g., plots, tables, maps). 

Participants will be asked to develop a professionally relevant query that can be answered with the data. Then, with the help of a facilitator, they will generate the desired data visualizations. Through attending this workshop, participants will gain knowledge and understanding of this valuable resource that they can use to help answer research and policy questions, and to inform decision-making and other processes.


Measuring health inequalities is a key step in identifying differences that may be considered unfair and can be acted on to improve health equity in Canada. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), along with experts from across Canada, is developing standard equity stratifier definitions (socio-demographic variables) to harmonize and inform the measurement of health inequalities. There is growing interest in Canada in monitoring racial and ethnic inequalities in various sectors, such as health, justice and labour. In the health care sector, careful consideration is required in the interpretation of racial and ethnic health inequalities to ensure that data is not misinterpreted and used in a way that perpetuates racism. 

This symposium will focus on key learnings from CIHI’s engagement with researchers, analysts, practitioners and government stakeholders in the fields of health inequality measurement, racism and health care. During this symposium, participants will learn and participate in discussions on:

  • the conflation of “race” and ethnicity,
  • pathways linking racism and health, and
  • using “race”-based data to address and monitor systemic racism in health care.


Research into the human microbiome is evolving at a rapid pace, disrupting our established understanding of healthy development and aging. Concurrently, the public has been demonstrating a burgeoning interest in the microbiome and how it can support health while at the same time adopting new behaviours and practices that are impacting the microbiome in ways that could have negative-long term health consequences. What does the current state of the science tell us about the individual and community microbiome, and how can that drive improvements to public health? Through this interactive session, global leaders in microbiome research will engage with participants to explore how the human microbiome shapes health and disease across the lifespan, the implications of shifting societal and cultural practices on the microbiome, and how the emerging evidence in these areas may inform the development of key public health programs, practices and policies. 


This Symposium aims to build capacity among Forum delegates in preparing for and responding to climate-driven infectious diseases, by providing a foundational overview of the link between climate change, infectious diseases, and human health in the Canadian context from a One Health perspective. 

The implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change will be presented and the measures taken by local, provincial, and national level programs/projects to address climate-driven infectious diseases within various geographical areas and social environments will be described.  

Innovative strategies will be shared and best practices from across the country to enable participants to network and leverage successes for implementation in their respective communities. Gaps and opportunities for public health action at the local, provincial/territorial and national levels will be discussed.


Strong collaborations and partnerships are essential in public health to address emerging issues and promote optimal implementation of best practices. This panel session will focus on experiences, challenges, and advantages of collaboration. Panelists are members of a current Public Health Ontario Locally Driven Collaborative Project (LDCP), including, Public Health Unit staff and an academic partner from Brock University. Panelists will discuss approaches (i.e., Integrated Knowledge Translation) and tools (i.e. partnership surveys) adopted to enhance their partnership and collaboration, including results of partnership evaluations that were conducted in 2016 and 2018. 

Results of this evaluation will be shared to show areas that required focused attention, and the panel will discuss how the results were used to strengthen the team’s partnership. Through an interactive Q&A, participants will learn about different tools and approaches that foster effective collaboration with this LDCP and how these may be successfully adopted in their own partnerships.

NCCPH Knowledge Translation Graduate Student Awards: Panel Presentation 

Presented by: National Collaborating Centres for Public Health

The six National Collaborating Centres (NCCs) for Public Health (NCCPH) work together in knowledge translation (KT) to promote the use of research evidence and other knowledge to strengthen public health practices, programs and policies in Canada. Defined by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, knowledge translation is a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange, and the ethically sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products, and strengthen the health care system.

Every year, as part of the NCCPH’s commitment to develop expertise in future generation(s) of public health, the six NCCs collaborate on the NCCPH Knowledge Translation Graduate Student Awards. The awards are presented to three students at the annual Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) conference and celebrate the experience and incentive of public health students to learn and acquire new knowledge translation skills. This panel session will highlight the graduate student knowledge translation projects awarded at Public Health 2019. The three students will present their award-winning topics and KT approaches, and engage with the audience in a question-and-answer period.


RECOVER is a collective approach to figure out solutions that work for all and improve "urban wellness” in Edmonton’s downtown core neighbourhoods. RECOVER is using social innovation to explore ideas that achieve urban wellness, a complex challenge influenced by a myriad of determinants of health. Working with and listening deeply to communities, businesses, agencies, governments, and residents, RECOVER generated ideas or prototypes that were grounded in ethnographic research and other quantitative data. RECOVER tested 13 of these prototypes in the field that involved over 70 people from diverse sectors who brought them to life over a short (8-week) period. The constant learning from prototyping and the process offered insights for scaling up. 

In this workshop, participants will use hands-on exercises to apply the tools we used in RECOVER, and vignettes to share learnings from our journey. The participants will walk away with concrete tools to cultivate innovative solutions for urban wellness in their municipalities.