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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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Lancet countdown: Tracking progress on Health and climate change
The Lancet Countdown's 2018 report tracks 41 indicators across five key domains in health and climate change. It arrives at three key conclusions. First, present day changes in heat waves labour capacity, vector-borne disease, and food security provide early warning of compounded and overwhelming impacts expected if temperature continues to rise. Secondly, a lack of progress in reducing emissions and building adaptive capacity threatens both human lives and the viability of the national health systems they depend on, with the potential to disrupt core public health infrastructure and overwhelm health services. Lastly, the nature and scale of the human response to climate change will be the determining factor in shaping the health of nations for centuries to come.

Climate change and health: global issue, local responses
This issue of Public Health Research and Practice addresses selected climate change and health issues in Australia. Hime and colleagues report the findings of a climate change and health policy investigation in New South Wales (NSW) and conclude that building adaptive capacity and resilience, and mitigating climate change, creates opportunities to promote health. Boylan and colleagues propose a conceptual framework for climate change, health and wellbeing in NSW. Furthermore, Perkins-Kirkpatrick and Pitman provide a perspective on extreme events in the context of climate change, reporting the increase in heatwaves that is already occurring due to climate change, and uncertainty about how droughts and extreme rainfall events will change in the future.

Health benefits far outweigh the costs of meeting climate change goals
Launched at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, this WHO report highlights why health considerations are critical to the advancement of climate action. It outlines key recommendations for policy makers on how to maximize the health benefits of tackling climate change and avoid the worst health impacts of this global challenge. The report calls for countries to account for health in all cost-benefit analyses of climate change mitigation. It also recommends that countries use fiscal incentives such as carbon pricing and energy subsidies to incentivize sectors to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants.

Health impacts of parental migration on left-behind children and adolescents: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Globally, a growing number of children and adolescents are left behind when parents migrate. This study published by Lancet investigates the effect of parental migration on the health of left behind-children and adolescents in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). According to the results, compared with children of non-migrants, left-behind children have increased risk of depression and higher depression scores, anxiety, suicidal ideation, conduct disorder, substance use, wasting and stunting. The authors conclude that parental migration is detrimental to the health of left-behind children and adolescents, with no evidence of any benefit.

What is the evidence on the policy specifications, development processes and effectiveness of existing front-of-pack food labelling policies in the WHO European Region? (2018)
Interpretive front-of-pack food labelling is a policy priority for promoting healthy diets. A government-endorsed interpretive front-of-pack food labelling policy was found in 15 Member States of the WHO European Region, and this report summarizes the evidence on their development and implementation to support policy-makers in navigating these processes. According to the authors, front-of-pack food labelling implementation is best supported by policy provisions that encourage widespread uptake of the system and allow for formal evaluation of both implementation and impact.

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