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Equity tools


The Through an Equity Lens project aims to increase knowledge about health equity in the context of environmental public health (EPH) practice and to develop resources that support the use of an equity lens in practice. These action-oriented resources are designed to help individuals and health authorities integrate health equity considerations into EPH practice, and will be updated as new resources become available.

This action-oriented document summarizes the key facilitators to integrating an equity lens and uses three case studies to illustrate different ways these facilitators have been implemented. It can be used individually or as a tool for strategic planning or in workshops and meetings to support staff training and development.


BCCDC collaborated with the National Collaborating Centres for Environmental Health (NCCEH) and Determinants of Health (NCCDH) to produce a Framework and accompanying User Guide to help environmental public health practitioners identify potential actions on the social determinants of health and health equity. Practitioners can use these two tools to reflect on their current practice and identify practical actions for use in their day-to-day work or broader program planning.

The Framework outlines 10 considerations to help practitioners identify how equity work relates to their role and how they can begin to take action. It can be used by staff with any degree of knowledge or experience related to health equity. The User Guide highlights potential points of influence for frontline staff, managers, and educators. Together, these tools support reflective practice, collaboration, and action toward equity-integrated environmental public health.


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