NCC for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH)
This centre supports Aboriginal communities across Canada in realizing their health goals and reducing the health inequities that currently exist for Aboriginal people. The centre hosts the First Nations Environmental Health Innovation Network a virtual network to link First Nations and environmental health researchers at http://www.fnehin.ca/. Successful child-rearing programs and facilitated exchange about best practices are presented in NCCAH’s “Messages from the Heart”: A Showcase on Aboriginal Child Rearing at http://www.nccah-ccnsa.ca/myfiles/NCCAH-MessagesfromHeart-web.pdf. Five fact sheets on Aboriginal children and child protection services in Canada are available on the NCCAH website at http://www.nccah-ccnsa.ca/s_97.asp
NCC for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)
This centre promotes social justice and health for all. The NCCDH is currently focusing on Early Child Development as a determinant of health and the contribution of public health home visiting to early child development at http://www.nccdh.ca/work/childhood.html. Other related NCCDH priority areas include women and gender equity, employment conditions, and health literacy at http://www.nccdh.ca/work/literacy.html.
NCC for Environmental Health (NCCEH)
NCCEH focuses on the health risks associated with the physical environment and identifies evidence-based interventions to reduce those risks. The Retrospective Investigation of Drinking Water-Related Illnesses in Canada (Novometrix Research Inc.) thoroughly investigated waterborne disease events that occurred between 1993 and 2008 and identified risk factors. Available at http://www.ncceh.ca/files/CIPHI_ON_Drinking_Water_Symposium_Apr_2009.pdf.
NCC for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP)
NCCHPP supports the efforts of the Canadian public health community in promoting healthy public policy through more informed strategies at http://ccnpps.ca/2/Home.htm. The web-based Structural Profile of Public Health in Canada demonstrates how individual jurisdictions address key areas of public health at http://ccnpps.ca/en/structuralprofile.aspx.
NCC for Infectious Diseases (NCCID)
This centre’s goal is making new research and evidence accessible and relevant to front-line public health practitioners and policy makers. Knowledge exchange networks (KENS) have been established for members to discuss issues, share documents and links, and learn about upcoming events at http://www.nccid.ca/en/knowledge-network.
The NCC for Methods and Tools (NCCMT)
NCCMT aims to enhance evidence-informed public health (EIPH) practice and policy by providing leadership and expertise in sharing what works in public health. DialoguePH provides a forum for professionals working in public health to share their experiences and challenges, and to discuss the methods and tools they use to find, interpret and use evidence in public health at http://www.nccmt.ca/networking/index-eng.html. The NCCMT’s activities include an EIPH wheel that illustrates the seven steps of evidence-informed decision-making, a fact sheet that provides greater explanation and context at http://www.nccmt.ca/pubs/FactSheet_EIDM_EN_WEB.pdf , and a dedicated website section at http://www.nccmt.ca/eiph/index-eng.html.