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Equity-Oriented Tool Kit for Health Technology Assessment

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WHO Collaborating Center for Knowledge Translation and Health Technology Assessment in Health Equity

The Institute of Population Health at the University of Ottawa

A needs-based health technology assessment model is used to provide methods to match the identified health needs of a population, to the most appropriate interventions. The existing tool kit focused on averages, but this ignored distributional issues and equity gradients.

This toolkit is based on clinical and population health status and takes into account issues of gender equity, social justice and community participation.

Working with Immigrant Women: Issues and Strategies for Mental Health Professionals

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Working with Immigrant Women: Issues and Strategies for Mental Health Professionals addresses the gap between the needs of newcomer women and established structures and practices in Canada's mental health care system. It highlights the intersecting oppressions experienced by women while emphasizing their strengths and resiliencies. It also demonstrates how women are active participants in shaping their mental health and responding to mental health problems. 

BPA-Free Bottle and Sippy Cup Cheat Sheet

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This is a list of BPA Free bottles, BPA Free sippy cups and food/milk storage items. 

Rethinking Economic and Social Justice: Women Resisting Poverty and Exclusion

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In the last few years, CRIAW has been engaged in rethinking women’s economic and social justice to find more comprehensive alternatives that address the complex realities of poverty and exclusion. Rethinking Economic and Social Justice: Women Resisting Poverty and Exclusion  is a series of newly available online documents meant to motivate, inspire and renew our economic and social justice struggles. They provide a wide range of information and resources on putting women most affected by poverty and exclusion at the centre of social change.

Hope and Heartbreak: Aboriginal Youth and Canada’s Future

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This special issue of Horizons offers many insights into the emerging trends, opportunities and policy implications related to a rapidly growing Aboriginal youth population.  The studies contained in this volume are timely, as are the opportunities they represent for focusing the attention of the policy research community on Aboriginal youth issues. At a time when much of current public attention regarding Canadian population trends is preoccupied with aging baby-boomers, dwindling rural communities and struggling new Canadians, the phenomenal growth of the Aboriginal population has flown under the radar. 

A Vision for a Health Literate Canada

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CPHA’s Expert Panel found a majority of Canadian adults do not have the skills needed to respond to daily health information demands.  Low health literacy is associated with poor health and the Panel estimates that the situation in Canada is critical.  Download the document.

Comparing Effectiveness of Family Planning Methods

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In order to make informed contraceptive choices, clients require an accurate understanding of pregnancy risks. As a result of an earlier USAID-supported study by FHI showing that a simplified counseling chart can improve women's understanding of contraceptive effectiveness better than more complex tools can, a panel composed of the World Health Organization, USAID, the INFO Project at JHU/CCP, EngenderHealth, FHI, and other experts drafted this simplified chart, which presents contraceptive methods on a continuum of effectiveness. The contraceptive effectiveness chart is available on the FHI website in English, Spanish, and French. 

To order a print copy of the chart (laminated, 8.5 x 11 in.), please send an email.

Emergency Contraceptive Pills: New Training Manual

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Pathfinder International is pleased to announce the publication of Emergency Contraceptive Pills (Second Edition), a manual designed to train physicians, nurses, and midwives in counselling and provision of emergency contraceptive pills. It actively involves participants in the learning process through simulation skills practice, discussions, and clinical practice, using objective knowledge, attitude, and skills checklists. The content includes a trainer’s guide and participants’ handouts. The document can be downloaded.  Hard copies are available by contacting tech-comm@pathfind.org.

WGNRR Newsletter 90 on backstreet abortion plague now available

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The December 2007 edition will lead the readers down the backstreets of Global North and South to witness life-and-death stories of women and girls, wanting, seeking, and deciding for abortion by all means despite risks to their health and life. The publication is available in printed and electronic editions in English, Spanish and French. For copy or additional request, feedback, contribution, and voluntary translation services, please send an email.

Marketing overdose campaign

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The pharmaceutical industry spends US$60 billion on drugs marketing each year, twice as much as it spends on research and development.

Yet consumers know next to nothing about where this money is going.

To expose where pharma companies spend this money, how it increases drugs sales, and why this irresponsible behaviour is putting consumer health at risk, Consumers International has produced a series of short films for the Marketing Overdose campaign.

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