Linking public health science and practice: an example from the Canadian Heart Health Initiative

Roy Cameron (Director, Centre for Behavioural Research and Program Evaluation, National Cancer Institute of Canada, Department of Health Studies and Gerontology, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
Rosemary Walker (Research Assistant Professor, Department of Health Studies and Gerontology, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
Myrna Gough (Manager of Provincial and Community Programs, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long‐term Care, Community and Health Promotion Branch, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Paul McDonald (Assistant Professor, Department of Health Studies and Gerontology, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1366-0756

Publication date: 1 December 2000

Abstract

Over 60 per cent of adults have at least one modifiable cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factor. Community‐based initiatives are a central component of a population‐based CVD risk reduction strategy. Describes the development of an information system in which CHHIOP collected quantitative and qualitative information on heart health activities in communities, distilled the information, and then disseminated it to both local and provincial public health practitioners. The goal was to link science and practice tightly, so professionals received timely and relevant information in order to enhance continuously the quality of the public health programming.

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Cameron, R., Walker, R., Gough, M. and McDonald, P. (2000), "Linking public health science and practice: an example from the Canadian Heart Health Initiative", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1108/13660750010378616

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