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Table 2 Aspects of the PPM Facilitating HE/SDOH Action

From: Influence of revised public health standards on health equity action: a qualitative study in Ontario, Canada

  Aspects of the PPM Facilitating HE/SDOH Action
OPHS Policy Attributes The introduction of new language (i.e. term 'priority populations') opened up discussion
The term ‘priority populations’ was seen as proactive
The term ‘priority populations’ was perceived as value-neutral language
Flexibility emphasized PHU role and autonomy in interpreting the PPM to fit their needs
EIDM promoted objective conclusions due to business case of health equity / social justice
PPM was perceived as organizing practice and directing resources through EIDM in an environment where justification for action on SDOH was challenging
Health Sector Context into which the PPM was introduced PPM tried to overlay high-level population health thinking onto program delivery
PPM tried to maintain balance between different schools of thought or ideological differences
PPM promoted collaboration with different sectors
Implementation by Public Health Units (PHUs) PPM was a catalyst that pushed PHUs to consider creative solutions and increased dialogue at local level
PPM helped to counter negative perceptions that the health equity/ social justice approach had from a conservative viewpoint
PPM made a connection between SDOH and health equity
PPM assisted PHUs with making decisions in a tight funding environment
PPM focused the work being done by PHUs, and spurred on and encouraged new work
PPM drew attention of those PHUs who hadn’t been as engaged due to capacity issues, and increased mobilization
PPM raised awareness of the need for HE capacity building within PHUs
PPM identified opportunities for PHU partnerships; health equity work may be enhanced by sharing resources between PHUs
PPM helped PHUs “do what they need to” and facilitated existing action