Best Practices

The Best Practices Section of the Portal is a searchable list of chronic disease prevention and health promotion interventions which provides program planners and public health practitioners with easy and immediate access to successful public health programs, interventions and policies that have been evaluated and have the potential to be adapted and used.

Featured Best Practices

  • Downtown Eastside Community Kitchens (DECK)

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Individual
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    • Canada
    • Community/ Neighbourhood
    • Education and literacy
    • Food Security
    • Healthy Eating
    • Social Support Networks

    Supported by Fresh Choice Kitchens, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, this program serves a low-income population which faces many health and housing challenges in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Cooking in small groups, participants learn to create …

  • Clear Horizons

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Individual
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    • Health Care Setting
    • Health Literacy
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    The program, Clear Horizons, is a 48-page self-help guide and telephone counseling protocol specifically tailored for the smoking habits, quitting needs and lifestyles of older smokers. Developed following the principles of adult learning, Clear Horizons follows a magazine style format …

  • Motherisk

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Individual
    • Alcohol Abuse Icon 1
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    • Canada
    • English
    • Healthy child development
    • Misuse of Meds Icon 1
    • Personal health practices and coping skills
    • Tobacco Use Icon 1
    • Illegal Drugs Icon 3

    The Motherisk program was founded in 1985 at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The program counsels pregnant women and health professionals on teratogens (substances that are harmful to embryos and fetuses), conducts large-scale laboratory and clinical research, and …