The Public Health Agency of Canada is committed to supporting and contributing to the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) by delivering on its core vision of healthy Canadians and communities in a healthier world towards making this country's population among the healthiest in the world. Public health is both a resource for, as well as an outcome of, sustainable development . Implicit in this vision is the recognition that social, economic and environmental conditions play an important role in determining the state of human health and that consideration of these factors needs to be integrated into decision-making within PHAC. The Agency integrates sustainable development though its planning, integrated risk management and stakeholder consultation processes.
In developing its vision, PHAC realizes the important role that social, economic and environmental conditions play in impacting human health now and in the future. The Agency strives to integrate environmental, economic and social factors in the making of decisions in order to derive added benefits or to avoid or mitigate negative impacts on human health for both present and future generations. The Agency contributes to: economic sustainability by promoting health and reducing the burden to the health care system; social sustainability by building community capacity and empowering individuals; and environmental sustainability through consideration of the natural and built environments in which a community exists. The Agency also contributes to environmental sustainability through environmental conscious operational practices. Together, these functions directly contribute to PHAC's mission and sustainable development vision (see Figure 2).
PHAC's Sustainable Development vision is guided by the following principles:
strengthen Canada's capacity to protect and improve the health of Canadians and to help reduce pressures on the health-care system;
build an effective public health system that enables Canadians to achieve better health and well-being in their daily lives by promoting good health, helping prevent and control chronic diseases and injury, and protecting Canadians from infectious diseases and other threats to their health; and
reduce health disparities between the most advantaged and disadvantaged Canadians.
The Agency's mission to promote and protect the health of Canadians through leadership, partnership, innovation and action in public health underscores the integration of the three pillars of sustainable development (see Figure 1). PHAC's population health approach to public health demonstrates economic inequities, social problems and environmental issues are key risk factors for disease. This approach ensures organized effort across programs, services and policy among multiple stakeholders, including government, the private sector, civil society and individuals. – moins