Ecosystem approaches to health...

  • seek to understand and promote health and wellbeing (of humans, animals and ecosystems) in the context of complex social-ecological systems, focusing on the interplay between health in the strict sense of the word, the social determinants of health, and ecosystem sustainability.
  • Provide a theoretical framework and associated methodologies that are effective for dealing with complex, environmental, social and health issues interacting at various geographical and temporal scales.
  • Build on participatory research practices to guide the integration of disciplines and types of knowledge, to strive for social and gender equity, and to move toward appropriate action. 
  • Are recognised as a ‘Milestone in Canadian Population and Public Health research’ by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Canadian Public Health Association.
  • We acknowledge that similar approaches have long been understood by Indigenous colleagues and communities. 

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Ecohealth Pattern Wheel © 2016 by CoPEH-Canada (original design: Sherilee Harper; ecohealth principles: Dominique Charron, 2012) is licensed under CC BY 4.0