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New Resources-Health Equity Interventions Now Available on the Canadian Best Practices Portal

The Canadian Best Practices Initiative is pleased to announce the launch of a new intervention category focused on health equity. The health equity category features equity-sensitive interventions in chronic disease prevention and health promotion: In addition to meeting the requirements for promising or best practices, these interventions also demonstrate positive impacts on health equity through action on the social determinants of health.

To begin, we have populated the health equity category  with interventions that focus on mental health promotion and healthy weights. More interventions in other topic areas, including family violence prevention, will be posted in the coming months. Eventually all promising and best practices meeting the criteria will be labelled with a special icon and will be searchable using the Portal’s search engine.     

Health equity refers to the absence of avoidable or modifiable differences in health among populations or groups defined socially, economically, or geographically. These measurable health differences arise from underlying levels of social advantage/disadvantage, show a consistent pattern across the population, and are considered to be unfair. Equity-sensitive interventions can support the integration of health equity objectives across a wide spectrum of program, policy, and practice decisions.

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