This webinar will take place in French.
The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) and Health Promotion Canada (HPC) are collaborating on a series of webinars to highlight several chapters of the newly released book Health Promotion in Canada 4th edition: New Perspectives on Theory, Practice, Policy, and Research. The goal is to explore how various themes in this book apply to public health action on health equity by pairing the authors’ content with practitioner perspective on application to public health practice.
The ecological approach to health promotion offers a research and action framework that emphasizes the complex interactions between people and their environment. Ecological health promotion interventions and programs “integrate people-focused efforts to modify health behaviours with interventions that will enhance the numerous dimensions of the environment: physical, social, cultural” (Health Promotion in Canada, 2017, p. 85).
While intrapersonal factors still remain key targets for action, the focus is on changing the environments which determine the choices that people can make that shape their health.
This webinar will explore the ecological approach to health promotion as a strategy to reorient public health programs and services and impact population health inequities. Facilitators and challenges to the implementation of an ecological approach will be discussed, including practice-based considerations at the individual, group, organization and community levels of implementation.
The event will highlight relevant research, position papers and other resources, including program examples that integrate an ecological approach to addressing population health. Considerations for how an ecological approach to health promotion programs can influence and are influenced by the social determinants of health will also be explored.
Josée Lapalme, PhD candidate, Département de médecine sociale et préventive, École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal;
Quebec representative, Health Promotion Canada
Professor, Faculté des sciences infirmières, École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal
Lise Gauvin, Associate Dean, Département de médecine sociale et préventive, École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal
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