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Health Equity & Environmental Public Health

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Through an Equity Lens includes a handbook, videos, workshop toolkit, and other resources to help the environmental public health system promote equity.


The Handbook of Health Equity in Environmental Public Health Practice is a collection of resources and tools created as part of the Through an Equity Lens project at BCCDC.

We have produced a three-part Primer on Equity and Environmental Public Health (EPH) practice, written for practitioners, managers, and program directors.


  1. Five Things to Know About Equity in EPH highlights the ways that equity intersects with EPH practice and illustrates how an equity lens might be used.

  2. Areas of EPH Practice Impacted by the Social Determinants of Health illustrates how equity issues impact different areas of EPH practice.

  3. Equity in EPH Practice discusses ways to integrate an equity lens into practice.

Five Strategies for Organizational Change  

This short document outlines five ways to begin integrating an equity lens into environmental health practice.

Policy Levers in Environmental Public Health Practice

This short summary highlights how two types of policy levers (governing instruments and policy drivers) affect the implementation of an equity lens, and highlights five key ways that policy can support leaders and decision makers to take further action.

Success Factors for Equity-Integrated Environmental Health Practice

This guide outlines case studies from environmental health practitioners across Canada who have applied an equity lens to their work. The case studies highlight some of the critical success factors, tools and strategies that are being used to integrate equity into environmental health practice.

Toward Health Equity: Practical Actions for Public Health Inspectors framework

This framework is an overview and checklist to guide thinking about how health equity and the social determinants of health relate to public health practice. The user guide puts the framework into context for three defined audiences: frontline Public Health Inspectors and Environmental Health Officers, managers and directors, and educational and professional development organizations.


The Health Equity 101 videos are five 5- to 7-minute videos that provide a simple and quick overview of health equity concepts and issues, targeted to EHOs and health protection leaders.


The Equity in Environmental Public Health Workshop Toolkit is a collection of readymade and customizable resources that can be used to create a professional development or planning session for staff and management on health equity in environmental health.

Resources list

For more resources, please see Key resources for environmental public health practitioners to address health equity: A curated list, published in collaboration with the National Collaborating Centres for Environmental Health (NCCEH) and Determinants of Health (NCCDH).

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