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National Collaborating Centre’s director presents at international conference

May 30th, 2017
L-r: Dr. Lucie Richard, Dr. Sarah Fraser, Dr. Louise Potvin, all of Université de Montréal; Dr. Ilona Kickbusch, Global Health Centre, Geneva; Dr. Clare Bambra, Newcastle University, UK; Connie Clement, StFX.

Connie Clement, director of the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, based at StFX, presented recently at the World Health Summit meeting, which was held in North America for the first time. The summit’s theme was Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies.

This regional summit, held in Montreal May 8-9, 2017, brought together over 700 researchers, health professionals, policymakers, government officials, students, civil society representatives and industry from around the world. 

Ms. Clement presented Integrating research and practice in the pursuit of health equity, as part of a panel about The Legacy of Ottawa Charter, the World Health Organization’s first international health promotion agreement. Signed at the First International Conference on Health Promotion held in Ottawa in 1986, the Charter launched a series of actions by international organizations, national governments and local communities to achieve the goal of "Health For All" by the year 2000. She shared the stage with speakers from England, Switzerland and Montreal. 

“It was encouraging to hear federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott tell the audience,” Ms. Clement said, “that she observes decisions about social conditions that influence health at every cabinet meeting; that every policy is, in some way, a health policy; that every minister is an allied health minister; that every strategy has health impacts.”

Ms. Clements says she found particular value in connecting with Indigenous scholars and colleagues from throughout Canada about determinants of Indigenous people’s health. 

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