Building Safe & Inclusive Communities: The Public Health Approach
The annual conference is designed to help attendees learn new methods of fostering safe, healthy and inclusive communities by showcasing the latest work and research within the realm of public health and beyond. Some topics that will be discussed include: Violence prevention at the individual & societal level, health equity, health literacy, fostering healthy relationships, keeping communities safe during emergency response, community inclusion, using healthy built environments to foster safety and inclusion, the benefits of risky play, and more.
The public health approach to building safe and inclusive communities recognizes that the quality of both the social and physical environments will influence individual and community health and well-being. This is because health is created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday life; where they learn, work, play and love. Health is created by caring for oneself and others, by being able to take decisions and have control over one’s life circumstances, and by ensuring that the society one lives in creates conditions that allow the attainment of health by all its members.