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Introduction

Using the 12 determinants of health from Health Canada and the RCIP Background Paper on Health and Sustainability as a reference framework for finding information on just about any issue, this resources page is divided into two main sections:

1. Projects, Groups, Coalitions, Councils, Collaborations, Databases and Networks

2. Documents (reports, workbooks, handbooks)

Each section is sub-divided:

a) Cross-cutting the determinants
b) Each determinant

• Income and Social Status
• Social Support Networks
• Education and Literacy
• Employment/Working Conditions
• Social Environments
• Physical Environments
• Personal Health Practices and Coping Skills
• Healthy Child Development
• Biology and Genetic Endowment
• Health Services
• Gender
• Culture

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Content Index

1. Projects, Groups, Coalitions, Councils, Collaborations, Databases and Networks

a) Cross-cutting the determinants

b) Each determinant

Income and Social Status
Social Support Networks
Education and Literacy
Employment/Working Conditions
Social Environments
Physical Environments
Personal Health Practices and Coping Skills
Healthy Child Development
Biology and Genetic Endowment
Health Services
Gender
Culture

2. Documents (reports, workbooks, handbooks)

a) Cross-cutting the determinants

b) Each determinant

Income and Social Status
Social Support Networks
Education and Literacy
Employment/Working Conditions
Social Environments
Physical Environments
Personal Health Practices and Coping Skills
Healthy Child Development
Biology and Genetic Endowment
Health Services
Gender
Culture


 


1. Projects, Groups, Coalitions, Councils, Collaborations, Databases and Networks


a) Cross-Cutting the determinants

What The Partnership Is

Business Alliance of the Public and Private Sectors

Unleashes the positive power of the business community

Stimulates creative, innovative ideas in the private and public sectors.

Focused on Community Growth and Prosperity

Real jobs are a result of real growth and the resulting prosperity

Without compromising the value of lifestyle; leading to the creation of choices and empowerment

Developing Performance Indicators

Data to measure progress of the Partnership through measurement of the progress of the community

Baseline economic data to be developed and maintained current.

ACIC is a coalition of organizations, institutions, and branches of such working in the Atlantic region, which are committed to achieving global sustainability in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity, and participation for all.

The mission of the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre is to conduct and facilitate health promotion research that influences policy and contributes to the health and well-being of Atlantic Canadians.

The foundation of ANPR will be Atlantic-wide networks of researchers, community organizations, decision makers, and practitioners, focusing on addressing health impacts of particular settings.  The activities of these networks will include developing new research teams and securing new funding for research projects; training new investigators in the fields of population health, public health, health promotion and prevention; and working with policymakers and experts to translate evidence from resarch into improved policies and practices.

An extensive database and report focusing on wide-ranging statistics and trends for Nova Scotia's coastal areas.

The motto of the SCRC is “Building Democracy Through Research.” We believe that people ought to make the decisions that shape their futures in all arenas--social, political, economic, and technical . Further, we believe that scientific research, or in our words, “systematic problem solving,” can be a valuable tool to assist communities in creating the knowledge they need to make choices and devise strategies that will give them the future they envision.

CCSD is a non-profit social policy and research organization focusing on issues such as poverty, social inclusion, disability, cultural diversity, child well-being, employment and housing.

Making Research Work: The Canadian Health Services Research Foundation supports the evidence-based management of Canada's healthcare system by facilitating knowledge transfer and exchange - bridging the gap between research and healthcare management and policy.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is an independent, pan-Canadian, not-for-profit organization working to improve the health of Canadians and the health care system by providing quality, reliable and timely health information.

Our mission is to create knowledge and lead public debate on social and economic issues important to the well-being of Canadians.

Compelling scientific evidence increasingly indicates that a potentially important factor in many diseases and conditions is the proliferation of chemicals in our air, water, soil, food, homes, schools, and workplaces.

The effects of such environmental toxicants can range from minor to severe. Increasing numbers of informed individual and organizations are concerned about these impacts and attempting to learn more about the risks and options for minimizing or eliminating such exposures.

A community embodies a wide range of characteristics. Nova Scotia Community Counts presents socio-economic and other data that illustrate the unique nature of each community. With easily accessible information, Community Counts also allows comparisons of community resources among regional, provincial, and national levels to present a more complete picture of Nova Scotian communities.

Professor, School of Health Policy and Management, York University

Well-known for his contribution towards, and promotion of, the 'Social Determinants of Health.'

The GeoNOVA Portal is the Province of Nova Scotia's gateway to geographic information about Nova Scotia. Geographic data access is our goal.

GPI Atlantic is a non-profit research organization, founded in 1997, committed to the development of the Genuine Progress Index (GPI) - a new measure of sustainability, wellbeing and quality of life consisting of 22 social, economic and environmental components . GPI Atlantic is a pioneer and leader in quality of life research and is not affiliated with any political party or interest group.

Welcome to the Health Promotion Clearinghouse, your one-stop online meeting place to find out more about what's happening in health promotion in Nova Scotia .

As an independent, nonpartisan think tank, the IRPP's mission is to advance new ideas that will help Canadians make more effective policy choices. Our research aims to enhance the quality of the debate on the issues that matter most to Canadians by focusing on the strategic choices they must make to promote economic performance, social progress, and sound democratic governance.

With the help of major funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 15 university researchers are joining with rural people and policy makers to help build capacity in rural Canada. Their research and education project will pursue four themes relevant to rural society: communications, environment, services, and governance.

Nova Knowledge is a member-based organization focusing on developing a flourishing, sustainable knowledge economy in Nova Scotia. A knowledge economy is an export-oriented economy based on the addition of knowledge, creativity and technology to products and services.  Innovation is key to achieving this.

Researchers, students, and those simply interested in our maritime heritage now have access to a new online resource containing dramatic images and artifacts depicting Nova Scotia's complex relationship with the sea.

The Participatory Development (PD) Forum is an international network of several hundred development practitioners, non-governmental organisations, academics/action researchers, private sector representatives, and policy makers interested in advancing reflection and practice in the area of particpatory development. Formed in 1996, the PD Forum was established as a non-profit organisation in 1999.

Policy Options is Canada's premier public policy magazine. Its goal is to encourage an informed debate on the important public policy issues of
today, and of tomorrow. In each edition, short articles on the immediate issues that dominate the headlines are combined with in-depth analyses of longer-term issues that are certain to emerge on the policy horizon.

Policy Watch provides links to full-text documents available on the Internet. It's a work in progress, easy to use, and international in scope with a range of perspectives, alternatives and options, which meet the needs of people researching a wide variety of health issues.

The Population Health Research Unit is a university-based research and support group conducting systematic research into population health, health services and their inter-relationships.

REDET is a spanish-language multidisciplinary discussion group that is launching an initiative to promote debates about the study of social determinants of health. (coordinated by the University of Montreal in Canada)

Director, and Professor, Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan; and Professor, Faculty of Physical Activity Studies, University of Regina.

He is best known for his empowerment models of health promotion practice and writings on community development approaches to health determinants.

The RURAL Centre is a collaborative initiative of Dalhousie University, Memorial University, Mount Allison University, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, NSCC Centre of Geographic Sciences, Saint Mary's University, University of New Brunswick, and University of Prince Edward Island.

Our mission is to enhance our understanding of physical and socioeconomic environmental influences on health and the capacity of rural Atlantic Canadians to respond to these challenges.

An American perspective concerning rural policy issues. Also see link to RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis.

Contains general information concerning rural sites around the world, rural research centres, rural journals and rural discussion groups.

An email listserve dedicated to broadening the definition of health beyond its traditional medical boundaries.

The online guide to Social Policy in Ontario is a
collaborative project of Laurentian University,
the Ontario Social Development Council,
and the Social Planning Network of Ontario.

The Statistics Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Finance maintains an impressive array of statistics about Nova Scotia on it’s website. Statistical Profiles provide’s a socio-economic overview of each county/provincial electoral district with information on such things as population, income, labour, and migration. Nova Scotia at a Glance includes and overview of Government, Demography, Economy, Economic Sectors, Geography and Climate. Nova Statistical Review provides an annual update of key statistics from Statistics Canada and other data sources, providing a comprehensive overview of the province and its economic performance, including population, labour force, prices and incomes, exports, education, tourism and other data.

TargetNovaScotia.com answers key questions about Nova Scotia. You can assemble up-to-date and accurate information on any community or county in the province.  Construct your own community profile and let the interactive map take you there.

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b) Each determinant

Income and Social Status

  • conducts research, education and advocacy in a bid to narrow the gap in income, wealth and power, and enhance peace and human security.
  • brings together people from universities and unions, faith groups and community organizations in the pursuit of greater equality and democracy. / to advocate for greater equality and democracy.
  • supports social movements in the struggle for social justice.
  • offers a non-partisan perspective on political, social and economic issues.
  • uses creative communications to educate Canadians about public policies

The mission of the Economic Policy Institute is to provide high-quality research and education in order to promote a prosperous, fair, and sustainable economy. The Institute stresses real world analysis and a concern for the living standards of working people, and it makes its findings accessible to the general public, the media, and policy makers.

Its research is focused on five main economic areas:

  1. Living standards/labor markets
  2. Government and the economy
  3. Globalization and trade
  4. Education
  5. Retirement policy

nef is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being.

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Social Support Networks

  • The Metropolis Project - An international forum for research and policy on migration, diversity and changing cities.

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Education and Literacy

Halifax Free School is a way to take the 'institution' out of learning, teaching and knowledge. It is a way for communities to learn from each other, and to share knowledge and skill. No one is an 'expert' at free school, and everyone has something to contribute. All sessions are open to everyone, and anyone can lead a session, or put forth an idea for a session.

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Employment/Working Conditions
Social Environments
Physical Environments

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Personal Health Practices and Coping Skills

Healthy Child Development

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Biology and Genetic Endowment
Health Services
Gender

FemJEPP is a provincial alliance of equality-seeking women's groups, individual social activists and women with first-hand experience and knowledge of the impacts of policies, programs and services at the local community level, seeking to improve public policy for women and their families in Nova Scotia.

Rural Women Making Change is a community-university research alliance* in which community organization members and academics are co-researchers.

Our collaborative work will expand our understanding of the social, economic and political processes that hinder the full participation, effectiveness and well-being of rural women and their advocates, as well as promote action to change those processes.

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Culture

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2. Documents (reports, workbooks, handbooks)


a) Cross-Cutting the determinants

Over the past decade, the Dutch government has pursued a research-based approach to tackle socioeconomic inequalities in health. We report on the most recent phase in this approach: the development of a strategy to reduce health inequalities in the Netherlands by an independent committee. In addition, we will reflect on the way the report of this committee has influenced health policy and practice.

The Discussion Paper proposes a vision, guiding principles, nine priority goals and societal actions needed to achieve each goal.

While community-level approaches to health improvement have gained much attention and importance in recent years, the evidence base for this area of work is still believed to be problematic and underdeveloped. This report brings together current knowledge about different approaches to the evaluation of community-based programmes, highlights recent innovations and promising examples of good evaluation practice, and identifies a set of principles that aim to improve the robustness and quality of evaluations in this area.

The G8 (the United States, England, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia, the European Union, and Canada) represents the major political driver of contemporary globalization. It is also the most powerful political force behind the multilateral institutions that are shaping global economic practice and governance. The aid, trade, and investment policies and practices of G8 member nations largely shape the development possibilities of poorer countries around the world.

Our findings indicate that as the 1990s drew to a close, provincial/territorial health goals were not being used explicitly by policy makers at either provincial/territorial or regional levels in most provinces in Canada to guide health policy and program development, implementation, or evaluation. Instead, the majority of health ministry and regional policymakers were employing strategic/business plans that, at best, reflected or were similar to the original provincial/territorial health goals. Moreover, even though all provinces and the NWT/Nunavut had health goals associated with broad social, economic, and physical environment health determinants, regional-level policy makers were giving priority to health care system goals over all other types of goals.

  • Mandala of Health: a conceptual framework & teaching tool. - Trevor Hancock & Fran Perkins (1985) Journal: Health Education; Volume 24: pages 8-10.

The concept of diversity within Canada's rural regions is well established, but the challenge is to understand the nature of this diversity and its distribution.

The study Mapping the Socio-economic Diversity of Rural Canada assesses the degree of diversity across rural and urban Canada in terms of a number of demographic, social and economic indicators. (Rural and small town Canada - Analysis bulletin - Statistics Canada - Volume 5, Number 2)

Participatory Learning and Action is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. It provides a forum for all those engaged in participatory work - community workers, activists and researchers - to share their experiences, conceptual reflections and methodological innovations with others.

("Participatory learning and action" is the full participation of people in the processes of learning about their needs and opportunities, and in the action required to address them.)

This report focuses on the role of community-based institutions—particularly nonprofits and faith communities—in fostering social capital and building healthy communities.

The discussion concentrates primarily on marginalized communities, specifically native-born people of color, immigrants, and refugees. As the Making Connections initiative recognizes, neighborhoods with many people from these communities face particular difficulties due to racism, changes in urban labor markets, legal issues for emigres, language barriers, and cultural differences. Fostering social capital is particularly important to overcome these barriers.

A detailed analysis of the relationship between chronic disease and social inequity in the context of Atlantic Canada's social and economic conditions. A supporting annotated bibliography is available as a separate document.

This publication builds on the enthusiasm displayed during the Social Planning and Research Council of BC’s workshop, “Using Social Indicators in Community Development” held at the 2002 Community Development Institute in Prince George.

It provides information about a wide range of exciting indicator-related projects taking place across BC and also highlights a number of national and global initiatives and other valuable resources. It is meant to provide information to individuals and groups who are considering the use of indicators in their project or community work, or those already engaged in work involving indicators and are curious to know about other projects or approaches taking place provincially or nationally. A number of quotes have been included that share some lessons learned from the various initiatives included in this guide.

Tourism accounted for about 3% of total employment in Canada's predominantly rural regions in 2003, about the same as it did for the economy as a whole, according to a new study.
"Down East" hospitality came to the fore as the Atlantic provinces led the way in rural tourism employment growth in the late 1990s.
This study, based on Labour Force Survey data, showed that the rural regions of the Atlantic provinces had the largest growth in tourism employment between 1996 and 2003.

This is a resource kit containing stories and tips from community groups working to get their issues on the government agenda. The kit is aimed at those interested in building bridges to develop healthy public policy, whether as community members or as government representatives. The eight stories included in the kit were selected from among close to 75 community projects funded through Health Canada's Population Health Fund between 2001 and 2004 in the Atlantic region.

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b) Each determinant

Income and Social Status

This paper examines the impact of trade agreements on our health and health care system, and what governments can do to ensure that health and human development are not sacrificed at the altar of ˜free trade". It begins with a discussion of how globalization affects our global health through changes in economic growth, poverty, inequality and the sustainability of our environment.

A tool for analyzing legislation, policies, programs and practices to determine whether they promote the social and economic inclusion of individuals, families, and communities.

  • Rural/urban divide: Income disparities
    1992 to 1999


    The income gap between many rural and urban areas widened, rather than narrowed, during the 1990s, according to a new study of sub-provincial income disparities in Canada. (Rural and small town Canada - Analysis bulletin - Statistics Canada - Volume 4, Number 4)

Average incomes in Canada's rural population increased in every province during the past two decades, in many cases at a faster rate than average incomes in urban areas, according to a new study.

As a result, the gap in incomes between the urban and rural population narrowed in six provinces between 1980 and 2000. At the same time, the share of the rural population living in low income has also declined, relative to the share of the urban population living in low income.

The study, which updates a previous article, uses census data to compare the incomes of rural and urban residents in Canada from 1980 to 2000. (All income data are per capita and adjusted for inflation.)

Wal-Mart® has created tremendous economic benefits for consumers by providing more
choices at lower prices. The benefits are felt especially in communities that had only local retail
monopolies prior to the arrival of the store. Yet no retailer evokes stronger negative emotions
than this chain. Recent media attention has focused on questionable labor practices and
low wages combined with lack of benefits paid by the corporation, while academic studies
have examined effects of the stores on retail wages, employment levels and numbers of establishments.

Missing from the literature is an analysis of whether the “Wal-Mart effect” is large
enough to measurably influence community-wide family poverty rates over time. This is the
first study to carefully and comprehensively examine whether a relationship exists between
existing and new locations of Wal-Mart stores and county-wide family poverty rates.

“A well-being manifesto for a flourishing society”, shows what the government's manifesto might look like if policy was driven by improving well-being, rather than increasing income.

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Social Support Networks
Education and Literacy
Employment/Working Conditions
Social Environments


Physical Environments

Gulfwatch is a chemical-contaminants monitoring program organized and administered by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment.

The report entitled "An Assessment of the BC Tsunami Warning System and Related Risk Reduction Practices" examines monitoring and detection, emergency management, and public response. The study offers a series of conclusions that could be used to strengthen key components of Canada's west coast tsunami warning system and related risk reduction practices.

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Personal Health Practices and Coping Skills

Healthy Child Development

Teenagers in Canada's northern regions, especially girls, are more likely to report lower self-rated health than their counterparts in major metropolitan regions, according to a new study comparing various regions in Canada.

The study, using data from the 2000/01 Canadian Community Health Survey, examined the health status and behaviours of 13,174 youths aged 12 to 17 in 2000/01. It also compared results between urban areas and rural and northern regions. Only 17% of girls in rural regions and
15% of girls in northern regions rated their health as "excellent," compared with 33% of girls in major metro regions. (Rural and small town Canada - Analysis bulletin - Statistics Canada - Volume 5, Number 3)

The Kittiwake Youth Council of Newfoundland hosted the Rock: This Way Youth Summit at the College of the North Atlantic in Gander, Saturday, May 10th, 2000. The summit brought together 30 youth aged 15-30 from across the Kittiwake Coast to address challenges facing youth in rural communities.

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Biology and Genetic Endowment


Health Services

This report assesses the quality of health care in rural areas and provides a framework for core set of services and essential infrastructure to deliver those services to rural communities.

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Gender

  • Network - The official magazine of the Canadian Women's Health Network.

Rural Women Making Change is a community-university research alliance* in which community organization members and academics are co-researchers.

Our collaborative work will expand our understanding of the social, economic and political processes that hinder the full participation, effectiveness and well-being of rural women and their advocates, as well as promote action to change those processes.

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Culture

 


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