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Nurses’ Stories

If you want to conduct a health impact assessment, or even if you’re just interested in learning more, the case studies below can help.

The RNs and health experts in the following scenarios have made a difference by acting on the deep-rooted causes of health problems. They looked at the strengths and weaknesses of individuals, families and communities and used that information to influence decision-makers. They helped create a more unified vision of health, particularly in response to complex problems (like obesity, poverty, delinquency, homelessness, and health literacy).

Does lowering speed limits improve health?

Summary:
Speed limits in a Hamilton neighbourhood were reduced to 30 km/h in an effort to make the residential area safer and more child- and family-friendly. Data before and after the reduction was collected to see what impact it had and whether it should be applied to other areas in the city.

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Expand ‘positive parenting program’: is it the right thing to do?

Summary:
In 2010, the government of Manitoba was considering expanding its “positive parenting program” to benefit children from a wider age range. Before the expansion, a nurse researcher studied the program to ensure it was equitable — that the families who most needed the program had access to it.

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Nurses host workshops to promote physical activity

Summary:
Public health nurses worked with municipalities to help promote physical activity. The nurses conducted a literature review to show that even moderate exercise can reduce health risks. They then held a series of workshops with municipal officials.

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Nurses’ perspective informs public health project

Summary:
In 2011, two nurses joined a public health team in Sudbury, Ontario, to bring a social determinants of health perspective to the team’s work. The goal was to bring together several community organizations and investigate the potential for a new model of services for vulnerable people.

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