Let’s Talk Intersectionality

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health
Description / Summary

This Let’s Talk is a foundational primer to intersectionality – an increasingly mainstream yet misunderstood term – and what it means for public health practice, policy, and research in Canada.  

This document is intended to support discussion, reflection and action on applying intersectionality in public health practice, programs, policies and research. It provides guiding reflection and discussion questions for individuals, teams and organizations  

An intersectional approach to public health recognizes the complexity and diversity of human experience. It helps us consider ways that systems of power and oppression like racism, classism and sexism are interwoven. And it can help public health practitioners and decision makers ensure their stated commitments to health equity are translated into meaningful action that disrupts oppressive systems and practices.