Equity in public health standards: a qualitative document analysis of policies from two Canadian provinces
Promoting health equity is a key goal of many public health systems. However, little is known about how equity is conceptualized in such systems, particularly as standards of practice are established. As part of a larger study examining the renewal of public health in two Canadian provinces, Ontario and British Columbia, an analysis of relevant public health documents related to equity was conducted. The aim of this presentation is to discuss how equity is considered within documents that outline standards for public health.
Presenter: Dr. Heather Manson
Dr. Heather Manson is chief, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP), at Public Health Ontario (PHO). She directs PHO’s activities relating to these fields including leading the HPCDIP team in providing scientific and technical advice in core content areas relevant to the Ontario Public Health Standards. Dr. Manson joined PHO from her previous role as vice-president, Vancouver Coastal Health, where she led the strategy to develop an integrated continuum of care, and earlier practiced as an internist/hematologist and medical health officer in Richmond, British Columbia. She is an assistant professor (status only) at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and an adjunct professor at Waterloo University.
Presenter: Dr. Bernadette (Bernie) Pauly:
Dr. Bernadette (Bernie) Pauly is an associate professor at the University of Victoria’s School of Nursing and a scientist with the Centre for Addictions Research of BC. Dr. Pauly’s current research areas include public discourses about harm reduction and drug policy, promotion of culturally safe care for people who use drugs, the role of transitional housing in recovery from homelessness and substance use, and application of an equity lens in the process of public health renewal in BC. Currently, she is co-leading the Equity Lens in Public Health (ELPH) program of research, a five-year, CIHR-funded grant examining the integration of an equity lens in public health in BC.
Presenter: Dr. Andrew Pinto
Dr. Andrew Pinto is a public health and preventive medicine specialist and family physician at St. Michael's Hospital. Dr. Pinto completed his residency at the University of Toronto and his master’s in health policy, planning and financing at the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Currently, he is a research fellow at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health, funded by CIHR. His research is focused on health economics, equity and the evaluation of complex population health interventions.
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