Description of study report:
The pilot study outlined in this report examined the health experiences of African Nova Scotian residents in the North End of Halifax in the context of the socio-economic transformation this area of the city has been undergoing over the past several years. The study used the People Assessing their Health (PATH) discussion group process to engage a small group of African Nova Scotian North End residents in a discussion on the social determinants of health, i.e. the social, economic, and political factors and processes that impact health and well-being. The PATH process increases peoples’ understanding of the social determinants of health, as well as their appreciation for the factors that are priorities for creating and maintaining healthy communities. Through community engagement in planning and decision-making, PATH focuses on community capacity building, empowerment and advocacy. One of the main outcomes of the PATH process is a Community-Driven Health Impact Assessment Tool (CHIAT), which can be used to conduct a community health impact assessment (CHIA), which is a concrete strategy that enables citizens to evaluate how a proposed policy, program, service or project will affect the health and well-being of their community.
Author and Principal Investigator: Ingrid Waldron, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University
Co-Investigator: Sheri Price, RN, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University
Co-Investigator: Felicia Eghan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Family Studies and Gerontology, Mount Saint Vincent University
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