Applying the Ottawa Charter to Health Issues in the Community

  • Practice Tool
  • Textbook
  • Website

Teaching Strategy Description:

Students practice population health planning, implementation and evaluation using the third practice tool to apply the Ottawa Charter health promotion approaches to address the priority health issue in their community. The fourth practice tool on program planning, implementation and evaluation demonstrates knowledge, skills and attitudes related to population health planning. Students are expected to use evidence to inform actions. Clinical placements for the community as a client include schools, parenting resource centres (OEYC), workplaces, ESL programs, and public health.

Teaching Context:

  • Level three community clinical placement course, all students are required to complete this course
  • Students are in the placement 6 hours/week for a total of 72 hours; additional one hour conferences weekly with faculty
  • McMaster Mohawk Conestoga BScN Program


Practice tools 3 and 4 continue to apply the community health nursing process with community/population as their client with a focus on nursing interventions.

Practice Tool #3 Health Promotion Approaches

Cohen, B. (2012). Population health promotion models and strategies. In L.L. Stamler & L. Yiu (Eds).Community health nursing: A Canadian perspective (pp. 89-108). Toronto, Ontario: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Practice Tool #4 Program Planning and Evaluation

Public Health Agency of Canada. Program Planning and Evaluation.  Retrieved from http://cbpp-pcpe.

The Practice Tools were developed by the faculty at McMaster University/Mohawk College and can be accessed through the links provided. Relevant websites and sources are included as part of the tools.


Submitted by:  Ruth Schofield, McMaster University/ Mohawk College/ Conestoga College

Indicator(s): 3.1; 3.2; 3.3