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Voluntary Sector Roles in Public Health
Published on 21/04/2008
The purpose of this paper is to identify the unique and significant contributions that voluntary sector organizations can make in the field of public health. Many voluntary sector organizations are known for their work in delivering health-related and social services such as nutritious breakfast programs, early childhood development, aid to new Canadians and recreational programs for children and youth. While service delivery is a core function, the broader roles that voluntary sector organizations can assume relative to public health are not well documented or understood. The voluntary sector helps collect and interpret data that comprises the evidence base for informed action. Voluntary sector organizations are well positioned to convene citizens, diverse organizations and even different sectors around the myriad and linked factors that influence health. Finally, voluntary sector organizations monitor progress on the impact of government policy measures and community action to achieve identified goals. The paper presents examples that illustrate these three strategic roles.
ISBN – 1-55382-273-0