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Community Health & Epidemiology Seminar Series - Special Seminar - Drawing a Portrait of Health Inequalities in Canada: The Pan-Canadian Health Inequalities Reporting Initiative, Audrey Layes

Abstract: In endorsing the Rio Political Declaration on the Social Determinants of Health in 2012, Canada and other WHO member states pledged to "establish, strengthen and maintain monitoring systems that provide disaggregated data to assess inequities in health outcomes, as well as in allocations and use of resources."
To meet this commitment the Public Health Agency of Canada, in collaboration with the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network, Statistics Canada, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information, undertook the Pan-Canadian Health Inequalities Reporting (HIR) Initiative. Key products include an online, interactive Health Inequalities Data Tool and a narrative report on key health inequalities in Canada (in production). The Tool contains data for over 70 indicators of health outcomes and health determinants disaggregated across a wide range of social and demographic stratifiers (e.g. immigrant status, cultural/racial background, socioeconomic status, Indigenous peoples, and place of residence, among others) at national and provincial/territorial levels. The Data Tool can help identify the magnitude of inequalities for immigrants and various cultural/racial groups for many different health status and health determinant indicators, such as smoking, perceived mental health, workplace stress, and food insecurity.  It provides a systematic portrait of the state of health inequalities in Canada and currently represents the most comprehensive pan-Canadian data resource of its kind. The national-level narrative report will focus on 20 key indicators of health inequalities in Canada. Both products aim to make health inequalities data and evidence more accessible to policy audiences and researchers in order to support priority-setting and decision-making.

Biography: Audrey Layes has worked as an analyst with the Public Health Agency of Canada since 2007.
Her work involves data analysis, the development of surveillance indicators, and promoting the awareness and use of epidemiological tools and resources with local stakeholders within the Atlantic region. She has been a contributing member of the Pan-Canadian Health Inequalities Reporting Initiative team since 2014.
Audrey graduated from the CH&E program at Dalhousie in 2010. Prior to beginning the Master's Program, Audrey worked as a veterinarian, in private practice and as a veterinary inspector for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. 


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Additional Information

poster can be found here: https://cdn.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/faculty/medicine/departments/department-sites/community-health/CHE_180212_Layes_Special_Seminar.pdf


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