Policy approaches to reducing health inequalities

March 14th, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm ET.

Offered by the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP)

register now for the English version!  (click here to register for the French version on March 7, 2017)


This webinar is potentially of interest to public health actors whose work touches on questions of health inequalities and health equity as well as those interested in policy approaches in public health.

The webinar is intended to enable public health actors to more easily distinguish between the most widespread policy approaches that have been proposed to reduce health inequalities. These approaches are: political economy, macro social policies, intersectionality, life course, settings approach, approaches that aim at living conditions, those that target communities, and approaches aimed at individuals.

We set out to clarify how these different approaches are grounded theoretically, how they affect inequalities differently, and how adopting one or the other can impact attempts to reduce health inequalities.

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between eight different policy approaches to reducing health inequalities. 
  2. Classify each approach as acting on either the determinants of health or the determinants of health inequalities. 
  3. Illustrate how adopting one or another of the policy approaches will affect the potential reduction of health inequalities differently.

Understanding policy approaches to reducing health inequalities can be useful for advancing public health physicians' competencies in these domains:

  • Policy, planning & program development
  • Communication, collaboration & advocacy for the public's health
  • Leadership and management


Val Morrison, Research Officer NCCHPP


In preparation for the webinar, participants are invited to read the document “Policy Approaches to Reducing Health Inequalities”.


This event is approved for up to 6.5 credits by the Office for Continuing Professional Development. The Office for CPD, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Education (CACME). This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama-assn.org/go/internationalcme. Each physician should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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