The NCCEH is one of six National Collaborating Centres created to foster linkages within the public health community. All centres are funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) through the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH) program.
The other centres are:
- National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP)
- National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT)
- National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease (NCCID)
- National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health (NCCDH)
- National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH)
- Synthesize, translate, and exchange knowledge for environmental health practitioners and policy-makers.
- Identify gaps in research and practice knowledge.
- Build capacity through networks of practitioners, policy-makers and researchers.
NCCEH uses a documented, protocol-driven approach to producing its knowledge products . Tracking, feedback and peer review are integral components of the process. The three main stages of production are summarized below:
- Concept development-Ideas for NCCEH KT products are assessed for their feasibility and applicability to target audiences by a KT scientist. When needed, external consultations are undertaken to focus the subject area into specific topic(s) and format.
- Literature search, expert consultation and KT product outline: The principal KT scientist, in conjunction with the NCCEH Information Specialist, conducts a formal literature search. A search criteria is documented and included in the final product. Criteria for selection include relevance to the topic, purpose of the product, and quality of the study. Project outlines are based on the preliminary review of the selected literature.
- Document drafting-The selected literature is critically appraised and synthesized to address the issue or inquiry. The final document undergoes internal and external peer reviews prior to publication. The exception is short documents such as fact sheets, blogs, and direct responses to field inquiries which do not undergo peer review.
Working with our stakeholders
The NCCEH regularly conducts environmental scans and evaluations to focus on topics that better serve our target community. We also have an advisory board comprised of senior environmental health professionals from across North America, and we welcome feedback to improve the quality of our products.