Public health connects us all. Overall, public health focuses on protecting and promoting the health of entire populations. These populations may be as small as a local neighborhood or as big as an entire country or region of the world.

One key element of protecting and promoting health is encouraging behavior. Behavior change is key to reducing the incidence of injury across populations. Promoting behaviour change is achieved through a mix of act89hs including education, supportive environments (e.g. accessible safety equipment, community norms, controlled access to alcohol, infrastructure, etc.), policy/enforcement as well as engineering.

The Public Health Approach was created to provide a framework to will help identify and understand at-risk populations. The Approach supports the development of programs that reflect the broader social and political influences on behaviour and includes current research. The Public Health Approach for Injury is based on the following assumptions:

  • Injuries are an important and preventable problem.
  • Best practice means that scientific evidence must be combined with practitioner expertise and lived experience.
  • Strengths exist within every community to facilitate action.
  • A healthy policy environment is fundamental.
  • Collaboration and partnerships are essential.

Public Health Approach Framework


Healthy Public Policy

Research Evidence Sources

The Injury Prevention Centre provides data and resources to support evidence based action. Please visit the Injury Topics tab. If you would like additional information, please contact us.