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The Healthy Populations Institute (HPI) is a multi-faculty research institute at Dalhousie University that aims to improve population health and health equity in Atlantic Canada and beyond by understanding and influencing the complex conditions that affect the health of communities.


We can achieve our population health goals by focusing on reducing health inequities.

Check out our HPI welcome video to learn more about what we do. 

New and Noteworthy: 

HPI Launches New Report

April 2022







A new report on child and youth well-being in Nova Scotia, led by Dalhousie University’s Department of Pediatrics and the Healthy Populations Institute, is providing the first comprehensive snapshot of child and youth well-being in the province. The One Chance to Be a Child data profile represents the work of a multidisciplinary team of service providers, academics and community leaders across Nova Scotia, and is aligned with HPI’s flagship project “Designing Supportive Environments for Chronic Disease Prevention”. 


Using data from national and provincial surveys, the data profile is based upon the Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-being produced by UNICEF Canada, and uses a child rights lens that included the voices of young people in what matters to their health and well-being. The report has six key recommendations that address broad issues like racism, discrimination and poverty, with 12 specific actions, including investing in a system to collect and monitor key data about children, using child rights impact assessments when making key decisions and passing legislation to keep the issue of child poverty reduction on the agenda of future governments. Read the report here

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The second issue of the Healthy Populations Journal (HPJ) is published!

With leadership from Co-Editors in Chief Christie Stilwell & Justine Dol, and Managing Editors Sara Brushett & Julia Kontak, this entirely student-run publication is a reminder of the incredible work that is happening in the field of population health.

The 2nd edition is an initiative supporting the Dalhousie Crossroads Interdisciplinary Health Research Conference, which would normally run in March but has been postponed because of the pandemic.  

Check it out!

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The Leon and Rose Zitner Prize has been launched

HPI is thrilled to announce the launch of the Leon and Rose Zitner Prize. In collaboration with the Faculties of Health, Medicine, Dentistry and Arts and Social Sciences, this $5000 prize will be awarded to a Dalhousie student for outstanding contributions to citizen knowledge and community engagement in the area of health and wellbeing.  

Please view the poster for full details.

Submissions are due by April 15, 2022.

HPI Launches First Whiteboard Animation Series: Staying Healthy in a Pandemic



The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a number of new innovative projects for scholars at the Healthy Populations Institute (HPI). Scholars are capturing the experiences of children, families and their communities living with pandemic related restrictions, examining the impact of the pandemic on health equity, and offering evidence-based coping strategies.

Funded by HPI and the Faculty of Health, and designed and developed by Dr. Sarah Moore (HPI Scholar), the video series includes five videos on timely topics related to child physical activity during COVID-19, the relationships between being sedentary behaviours and cardiovascular disease, virtual mental health options during the pandemic for children and youth, health disparities among Black Canadians, and developing resilience during the pandemic. The animations can be found here .

The Halifax Examiner wrote a great piece on the importance of this whiteboard series, check out the article here.