May 2013

Health Equity: Building Collective Understanding

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On April 9, 2013, the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) teamed up with the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities (ASI) and the New Brunswick and PEI Branch of the Canadian Public Health Association (NB-PEI CPHA) to offer people in Prince Edward Island an opportunity to explore health equity ideas and opportunities. The Quaich Inc. organized the workshop on behalf of the ASI.

The interactive workshop brought together 65 people from the broad public health sector: practitioners, community health leaders, policy developers and researchers, as well as people involved in education, safety, and social and economic development. Participants examined models of good practice and shared their experiences, with a goal of collaborating to build a stronger community for health equity on PEI and throughout Atlantic Canada.

During the workshop, participants engaged in a face-to-face exchange of ideas, experiences, experiments and projects to learn about:
• the social determinants of health and how they contribute to disparities in health
• the role of public health in improving health outcomes across population groups
• projects in PEI that are focused on improving the conditions that lead to health
• equity work in other provinces and territories

They participated in small group discussions, case studies and a roundtable showcase, as well as listening to presentations and watching videos. These interactions helped them build collaborative relationships to work toward health equity in the region.

A workshop report is available on the Storify website. The report includes workshop slides, videos, photos and clips from social media.

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