Transforming Public Health: IPPH Strategic Plan, 2022-2026
Population and public health is a field inextricably linked with equity; it is perhaps the only health discipline with equity as a central tenet. While past IPPH strategic plans have always included equity, in this plan we are taking a bolder and more explicit approach by building a priority area around it, embedding it within each objective across all four priorities, and integrating it into all our practices.
In addition to advancing equitable health outcomes, operationally we aim to ensure fairness in our research funding competitions and the granting process, espouse a wider variety of perspectives within the health research ecosystem, and work to eliminate barriers for researchers and communities facing conditions of marginalization. Our strategies and activities to achieve these goals are detailed in the equity plan on IPPH's website and outlined below.
IPPH's equity plan will be continuously updated for transparency and accountability. The list of activities will continue to grow and will include actions identified in the May 2022 workshop hosted jointly with the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, Future Search: Action for Disrupting White Supremacy and Racism in Public Health Systems. We will continue to contribute and implement actions outlined in the CIHR and Tri-Agency Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) action plans. Finally, we will work with partners to identify, implement and scale these initiatives for even greater impact.
Advancing equitable health outcomes
- Explicitly name racism as a risk factor in funding opportunities and other materials, as opposed to race or skin-colour
- Fund research on anti-colonialism, anti-racism and anti-ableism
- Identify mechanisms that empower communities facing marginalization to be co-partners in driving health research priorities
- Normalize health equity impact assessments within evaluation criteria for IPPH research funding
- Enable training opportunities that are specifically focused on advancing equitable health outcomes
Advancing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in research
- Analyze IPPH's funding to identify exclusionary patterns and implement strategies to address them
- Reduce accessibility barriers for communities facing marginalization to benefit from research
- Support the creation and use of better mechanisms to engage and compensate communities for their contributions to research
- Require professional development for IPPH staff on anti-colonialism, anti-racism and anti-ableism
- Continue to diversify the IPPH Institute Advisory Board membership to ensure 50% of the board are women and there is diverse representation across career-stages as well as racial and Indigenous identities
- Decline invitations to participate in non-diverse events (e.g., all-male panels) and ensure all IPPH-hosted events reflect the diversity of Canada
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