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Intervention and agency

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Yesterday I attended a seminar by Lise Gauvin on different public health interventions that have taken place in Montreal, Wixx and BIXI. The talk was great, and not only because I’m really interested in this kind of work. One thing that struck me was the Nuffield intervention ladder, and how it demonstrates that effectiveness of public health initiatives are inversely proportional to the amount of control they exert on the individual or group. People should not drink sugary drinks, and the most effective intervention would be to ban its sale. Yet that would trigger riots more vehement than those protesting police murders of unarmed people. Wixx and BIXI are examples of interventions that are also well received by the public, showing that a balance can be struck between intervention and acceptability.

Profile on Lise Gauvin and her work

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January 27, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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