We are pleased to announce the launch of CPHAs new online initiative focusing on social determinants of health (SDH) approaches to improve health and health equity: http://www.cpha.ca/en/programs/social-determinants/frontlinehealth.aspx.
Our Frontline Health: Beyond Health Care website is designed to inform and mobilize the public health community and aligned sectors about innovative SDH-based initiatives implemented by local communities and the health and social service organizations that serve them.
Using a narrative journalism approach, CPHAs Frontline Health website documents Canadian success stories and features:
- audio clips of the real-life experiences of those involved in SDH and health equity efforts;
- backgrounders and supporting materials about the initiatives; and
- tools and resources designed to improve health and health equity through an SDH approach.
Featured stories are drawn from community sites across the country, covering a wide range of SDH-related issues (e.g., socio-economic status, education and literacy, structured employment, culture and language), in varying contexts (e.g., rural and remote, urban, peri-urban) and benefiting a variety of populations (e.g., youth, poor working families, Aboriginal peoples).
We are building a community of practice to influence policy discussions about what constitutes an SDH approach to health and health equity. We also want to promote effective intersectoral SDH-based actions in more communities as a practical means for achieving health for all.
We welcome your comments, observations and ideas to improve the website. You can share these by e-mail: email@example.com.