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Databases and Portals

Action: SDH

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Action on the social determinants of health (SDH) is an emerging and exciting area of public health. To support this development, WHO has created Action:SDH, an electronic Discussion Platform, which aims to foster discussion and debate and to provide a clearing house to share experiences of actions aimed at improving health equity through addressing the social determinants of health. In so doing, WHO joins forces with a range of other organizations and networks around the world that are also committed to this agenda.

Canadian Best Practices Portal for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention

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The purpose is to provide decision makers with better access to published and unpublished information about proven and emerging “best” practices models, theories, methods, research evidence and practical experience. It also consolidates multiple sources of interventions, practices and resources for health promotion and chronic disease prevention that are recommended by experts across Canada and internationally.

Capture Platform

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Funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, this is a web-based evaluation platform to help chronic disease prevention practitioners and program managers understand what works in what context.  The CAPTURE Platform enables users to share their work, find resources and connect with others. Once fully developed, it will offer a range of other solutions that cover program planning, evaluation and dissemination.

Community Counts

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Nova Scotia Community Counts presents socio-economic and other data that illustrate the unique nature of each community. With easily accessible information, Community Counts also allows comparisons of community resources among regional, provincial, and national levels to present a more complete picture of Nova Scotian communities.

Community Guide: What Works to Promote Health (CDC)

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This is a free American resource for Task Force evidence-based recommendations and findings about what works to improve public health. The Community Guide is based on a scientific systematic review process aimed at answering questions such as: Which program and policy interventions have been proven effective? Are there effective interventions that are right for my community? What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment? The Community Guide includes systematic reviews on approximately 20 topics, including adolescent health, diabetes, nutrition, oral health, tobacco, the workplace, health communication, vaccines and more.

Effective Public Health Practice Project (EPHPP)

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Affiliated with McMaster University, EHPP produces evidence synthesis documents, including systematic reviews, for health practitioners and decision makers in order to inform the planning and delivery of public health services in Canada. In addition to conducting systematic reviews, EHPP has produced a number of resources focused on research methods and tools involved in synthesizing and appraising research evidence.

Health Equity Clicks

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This resource will be of interest to public health practitioners and researchers across the country, and is designed to: enhance knowledge about key players that support action on the determinants of health;  and increase connections among public health professionals who address health equity. This list is a preliminary scan of public health and health organizations that are taking action on the social determinants of health and advancing health equity.


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Find Evidence: Search healthevidence.org for access to 3,361 quality-rated systematic reviews evaluating the effectiveness of public health interventions. We search the published literature and compile public health relevant reviews — eliminating your need to search and screen individual databases.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia’s Health Directory

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This database provides a wealth of healthy living resources related to physical activity, healthy eating, tobacco intervention, as well as heart disease and stroke prevention. Recreational facilities and family resource centres are also listed. Resources are searchable provincially, as well as by each of Nova Scotia District Health Authorities.

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)- Health Promotion

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The Health Promotion section of PHAC’s website includes resources under the following topics: Healthy Pregnancy and Infancy, Healthy Living, Injury Prevention, Mental Health, National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, Obesity, Physical Activity, Population Health, Rural Health, and Seniors Health