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National Collaborating Centres for Public Health in Canada

National Collaborating Centres (NCCs) for Public Health in Canada promote and improve the use of scientific research and other knowledge to strengthen public health practices and policies in Canada. They identify knowledge gaps, foster networks and translate existing knowledge to produce and exchange relevant, accessible, and evidence-informed products with researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. For more information visit

Online Resources Related to Feature Article 665, Generic Drug Pricing in Canada

Canada’s First Ministers established the Health Council of Canada in the 2003 Accord on Health Care Renewal and enhanced its role in the 2004 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care. The Health Council reports on the progress of health care renewal, on the health status of Canadians, and on the health outcomes of our system. Its goal is to provide a system-wide perspective on health care reform for the Canadian public, with particular attention to accountability and transparency.

Print Resources Related to Features 663 & 674

Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, by Helen Osborne (2005,) includes key principles and strategies of effective health communications.

More information is available at the publisher's website:

Organizations Related to Features 663 & 674

Canadian Public Health Association provides a plain language service for health professionals, voluntary sector organizations, government departments and the private sector:

Clear Language @ Work Inc provides plain language services and resources including tips and a plain language online thesaurus:

Online Resources Related to Feature 663

The Canadian Council on Learning website is still available at The site includes information on health literacy including a map on healthy literacy in Canada and Health Literacy in Canada report.

The International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS), Report summary from ABC Canada Literacy Foundation is available online at

Organizations Related to Feature 662


Ophea is a not-for-profit organization led by the vision that all kids value, participate in, and make a lifelong commitment to healthy active living. Ophea works in partnership with school boards, public health, government, non-government organizations, and private sector organizations to develop groundbreaking programs and services that support healthy active schools and communities. Their website is at

Ontario Ministry of Education

Resources Related to Feature 658: Organizations and Programs

The Canadian Best Practices Portal is a virtual door to is a searchable database of community level interventions, a searchable database of resources to help with public health planning, chronic disease prevention and health promotion goals, and a catalogue of best practice systematic review sites. Available at

Health practitioners are encouraged to nominate interventions and resources for inclusion on the Portal at

National Collaborating Centres for Public Health in Canada

For more information, visit

National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health supports Aboriginal communities across Canada in realizing their health goals and reducing the health inequities that currently exist for Aboriginal people.

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) promotes social justice and health for all at

Organizations Related to Feature Article 654

Heart and Stroke Foundation works in the areas of cardiovascular research and its application, promotion of healthy living, and advocacy. Its website includes a variety of resources including Shaping Active, Healthy Communities – A Heart and Stroke Foundation built environment toolkit for change available at  The Heart and Stroke position statement on the built environment is available at

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