Applying a Health Equity Lens to Program Planning

March 18, 2020 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health & National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools

Program planning is one of the core roles of public health and community organizations, establishing clear direction, priorities and methods for measuring success. Tools and frameworks for program planning provide essential supports to organizations wishing to address the social determinants of health and health equity at a community and population level.

In addition, existing processes can be strengthened to address health equity through the incorporation of additional tools or “lenses” that cue practitioners to identify key elements necessary to address health inequities.

This webinar will explore the Community planning tool: Applying a health equity lens to program planning resource available from Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia. The resource will serve as an example of how to apply a health equity lens to complement current program planning practices.

Presenters will discuss the resource’s seven planning steps, which are:

  • assessing inequities;
  • developing partnerships;
  • engaging community;
  • selecting approaches;
  • implementation and monitoring;
  • progress assessment; and
  • maintaining momentum.

Speakers will reflect on practical examples where this tool has been applied and offer guidance on how to approach each of these steps. This tool will be of interest to frontline practitioners and leaders at all levels of the public health system, especially program managers and directors, as well as community-based organizations.

This webinar is hosted by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health & the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools.

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