The Population & Public Health Community is a dedicated space to collaborate on practices that improve the health of populations over the lifespan. This Community is a space to share resources & connect with others interested in improvements within this realm. (Note that since this is a public space, posting confidential information is not recommended). Browse our resources to see case studies, tools, and articles that might help generate some ideas for implementation within your organization. Share your thoughts and expertise, and ask questions to join the conversation – you can also upload additional resources here.

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Identify Barriers and Facilitators for Putting Quality Standards into Practice

Taking the time to understand the environment in which you wish to introduce change is crucial at all stages of implementation....

FOCUS PDSA Improvement Methodology

FOCUS and PDSA is a methodology that can be used to change how a service is provided based on data to support the changes. This method can also be used to measure the impact of the change....

Emerging Idea: Software to provide self-care tools for chronic disease management

One of the largest issues facing healthcare today is the chronic disease epidemic. 50% of all North American adults suffer from one or more chronic health conditions....

Statistical Tool Syntax Locator

Key Questions: What statistical test should be used?...

Coordinating Care in the Medical Neighborhood: Critical Components and Available Mechanisms

Key Questions: What are the gaps in the healthcare system?...

Interactive Data Tools for Healthy Communities

Members of our Population & Public Health Community might be interested in some interactive data tools from Community Commons that allow mapping and reporting capabilities within the United States to explore community health. Vist the website at: https://www.communitycommons.org/



The Importance of Patient Engagement

 IntroductionAccountability for outcomes in healthcare is a shared responsibility between government, policy makers, providers, suppliers and patients....

What is Preventive Healthcare?

 BackgroundChronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide and are linked to increasing health costs....

How Can a Population Health Approach be Used to Improve Outcomes & Lower Costs?

 IntroductionA population health approach is a useful strategy to aid health organizations in improving patient outcomes for specific groups (e.g., those with chronic conditions such as chronic o...

Guide to Demographic Data Collection in Healthcare Settings

Key Questions: What is the importance of demographic data collection?...

Chronic Disease is Healthcare’s Rising-Risk

Key Questions: What is value-based care?...

Evidence Brief: Peer-to-peer social media and impact on health behaviour change in teens and young adults

Key Question: What are the effects of internet/mobile-based interventions that provide a peer-to-peer platform on promoting positive behaviour change with regards to sexual and mental health among tee...

Sex, Gender, and Health

The lecture deals with the difference between sex and gender. It also relates the mechanisms that relate gender to wellness and illness. 

Risk Factors Contributing to Chronic Disease

This report examines negative health determinants, known as risk factors, and provides insights into their prevalence....

New York City and Denver’s Successful Implementation of Health Information Exchange Systems in Public Health

It is vital to utilize the near-real time and small area data to measure the performance of community chronic disease prevention programs....

Episheet

Episheet is a downloadable Excel spreadsheet used for analyzing epidemiologic data.  

Life Expectancy Calculator

The Life Expectancy Calculator is used to help people understand how certain behaviours like smoking, alcohol, food, exercise and stress level can affect life expectancy.  

Examples of Health Literacy in Practice

Health literacy is an essential life skill. Each day Canadians are asked to make health-related decisions that call for the application of health literacy skills....

Economic Arguments for Shifting Health Dollars Upstream

In this discussion paper, evidence is presented supporting the position that greater investment in upstream action from within the health sector is both socially just and economically sound....

Knowledge Translation (KT) Planning Primer

The KT Planning Primer is a tool that is designed to support active forms of knowledge sharing....

The Red Brick: The Canadian Guide to Clinical Preventive Health Care (1994)

This book is designed to serve as a practical guide to clinicians, health professionals, professional associations and health care planners in determining the inclusion or exclusion, content and frequ...

The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: Recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2014 includes both new and updated recommendations released from 2004-2014 in a brief, easily usable format meant for use at the point of patient care....

Open Data Repository: the Opioid Crisis

Benefits of Open Data include:Support for innovationAdvancing government's accountability and democratic reformLeveraging public sector information to develop consumer and commercial productsBetter us...

A Public Health Approach to Drug Control in Canada

Key Questions: How does the harm caused by illegal drugs compare to the harm caused by tobacco and alcohol?...

Sharing Best Practices Through Online Communities of Practice: Global Alliance for Pre-Service Education (GAPS)

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5 Initial Steps to Move From Volume-Based to Value-Based Healthcare

Key Questions: How to start thinking about value?...

Advancing Health Equity

March 2018 issue of Health Affairs focused on advancing health equity: https://www.healthaffairs.org/toc/hlthaff/current

What are the Determinants of Health?

 BackgroundThere are many factors that affect the health of individuals and the communities in which they live....

What is Value-Based Care?

 IntroductionValue-based care is a team-based model that uses a patient-centered medical home/neighbourhood approach and increased patient engagement....

How Does Population Health Differ from Public Health?

 IntroductionPopulation and public health both deal with the patterns of health and illness in groups of people, rather than in individuals....

Public Health HIE Workbook

Key Questions: Do we need Health Information Exchange (HIE) for public health?...

Planning health promotion programs: Introductory workbook

Key Questions: Which steps should be taken to design an effective health promotion program?...

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Introducing a new toolkit: Integrating Gender in the Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programs

Link to a webinar on December 12, 2017 at 10:00am EST offered by MEASURE Evaluation: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gthkLYlsTresK_Nsy2uz9w


Emerging Idea: Ontario's First Mobile Health Unit for Adolescent Health

75% of adults with mental health issues report that their struggles began in adolescence. In addition, 1 in 5 Canadians are reported to suffer from mental illness....

Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts

Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts provides Canadians with an introduction to the social determinants of our health....

Changing Patient Behavior: The Next Frontier in Healthcare Value

To address the rising cost of chronic conditions, health systems must find effective ways to get people to adopt healthier behaviors....

Improving Population Health at Children’s Hospital Boston for Asthma Patients

Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States and the leading cause of hospitalization at Boston Children’s Hospital, with most of the admissions coming from five of Bos...

Easy Map Data Visualization Tool

Easy Map is a data visualization tool which provides basic maps showing customized data, by Ontario public health unit geographies....

Population Health Guide for Primary Care Models

This Guide is for any health care entity working towards a patient-centered population health model of care....

The Case for Investing in Public Health

The economic crisis has led to increased demand and reduced resources for health sectors. The trend for increasing healthcare costs to individuals, the health sector and wider society is significant....

Knowledge Translation Planning Tools for Allergic Disease Researchers

Knowledge translation (KT) is the term used by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to describe the dynamic and iterative processes that include synthesis, dissemination, exchange and eth...

Guide for Developing a Knowledge-Sharing Plan

The present document has been developed in response to the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP)'s own needs....

Indiana Public Health Use of HIE in Communicable Disease Surveillance and Emergency Preparedness

A major challenge for public health is facilitating timely communication of information between public health agencies and health care providers....

The Transtheoretical Model of Health Behavior Change

The transtheoretical model posits that health behavior change involves progress through six stages of change: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and termination....