What Does it Take to Make a Healthy Province?

Overview of the 2009 benchmark report

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This Fireside chat provides an opportunity to review and discuss the implications of the Report published by the institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Nov 2009 entitled:
What Does it Take to Make a healthy Province?
A benchmark study of jurisdictions in Canada and around the world with the highest levels of health and the best health behaviours

Per the study: "Within Canada, there is consensus that British Columbia is the leading province in terms of overall population health and health behaviours (including smoking cessation, engaging in regular physical activity, choosing a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy body weight). Quebec is also a leader due to the fact that, over the past two decades, the province has instigated major and steady efforts aimed at improving population health. This has allowed Quebec to pull ahead of many other provinces in terms of residents’ life expectancy. Internationally, Sweden ranks fi rst in terms
of having the healthiest population.
What, if anything, can we learn from these provinces and countries? We argue that these jurisdictions are not leaders because good health is somehow a by-product of living within their provincial or national borders. Clearly, these jurisdictions are doing something different, and they are doing it right." 

So what does it take to be a leading health jurisdiction? Lets consider the findings of this report.

Participants are encouraged to review this report prior to our Fireside Chat!
Authors: Douglas G. Manuel, MD, FRCPC, MSc; Maria I. Creatore, MSc, PhD (candidate); Laura C. A. Rosella, MHSc, PhD (candidate); David A. Henry, MBChB, MRCP, FRCP

Advisor on Tap
Douglas G. Manuel, MD, FRCPC, MSc
Senior Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
Chair in Applied Public Health Sciences, Canadian Institute for Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto

Heather E Manson MD FRCP MHSc
Director, Health Promotion,  Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion

 About ICES:
The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) is an independent, non-profi t organization that produces knowledge to enhance the effectiveness of health care for Ontarians. Internationally recognized for its innovative use of population-based health information, ICES’ evidence supports health policy development and guides changes to the organization and delivery of health care services.

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