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The National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) has a goal of supporting public health actors across Canada in their efforts to promote healthy public policies  Visit the Website

The Healthy Public Policy Research Group (Groupe d'étude sur les politiques publiques et la santé. GÉPPS) has a research focus on the processes involved in producing public policies, from their emergence to their evaluation, analyzed through the perspective of their impacts on health.  Visit the Website


The Public Policy and Health Portal is a portal that makes knowledge and practices relating to healthy public policy easily accessible.

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Correlates of the Built Environment and Active Travel: Evidence from 20 US Metropolitan Areas
Previous studies that explore correlates of active travel and the built environment are for a single metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and results often vary among MSAs. The goal of this study, published on Environmental Health Perspectives, was to model the relationship between the built environment and active travel for 20 MSAs spanning the United States. According to the results, built environment features were significant predictors of active travel across all models. Areas with easy access to water and green space, high concentration of jobs, bicycle facilities, and high rates of active commuting were associated with higher bicycle and pedestrian volumes. They conclude that this model could be used for exposure assessment to inform design of health-promoting cities.

Making It Matter: Mobilizing Aging Research, Practice and Policy
The 47th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology will be held October 18-20, 2018, in Vancouver. This year’s event will feature speakers and experts in the field of aging across a range of disciplines and professions, including health, social science, practice and policy. During the meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to participate to various conferences, paper and poster presentations, symposiums and workshop sessions, as well as pre-conference workshops.

Health policy and systems research: the future of the field
This commentary document, published in Health Research Policy and Systems, evaluates the evolution of Health policy and systems research (HPSR) in recent years and tries to predict the future of the field. This paper also tries to determine the real value of HPSR, to evaluate how practitioners re-think health systems in a changing context, to identify the growing challenges for HPSR, and to identify the opportunities that HPSR have to offer. Among other things, the author concludes that practitioners need a HPSR agenda to better understand and meet peoples’ expectations.

Former Chesapeake Supply Brownfield Revitalization Rapid Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
The City of Dover (Delaware) was seeking to redevelop a brownfield to spur revitalization in the Downtown Dover area. To help decision-makers select among brownfield revitalization projects to improve food security in the area, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used a rapid Health Impact Assessment (HIA). This document, published by the EPA, documents the analyses, findings and recommendations presented to the City of Dover concerning this revitalization project. It also outlines opportunities for further development and future assessments.

Restricting Marketing of Unhealthy Food and Beverages to Children
This document, written by Health Canada, is an update on proposed regulations regarding the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children. In all likelihood, three important points will be considered in the new regulations: 1) the definition of "unhealthy" food; 2) the factors to determine if an advertisement is directed at children; and, 3) the exemptions to the prohibition, such as for children's sports sponsorship.

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 Guide pratique pour l'EIS
English version pending
 Health determinants booklet