The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is a not-for-profit organization that provides a strong, unified and independent voice for all citizens, public health professionals and volunteers committed to improving the health of Ontarians. OPHA has a very active Board of Directors that works to accomplish its governance responsibilities and fulfill its strategic plan.
Since 1949, OPHA has served as a catalyst for developing and improving the public health sector. OPHA galvanizes communities, governments and decision makers to manage current public health challenges, launch new initiatives and act in a responsive and accountable manner. Through strategic partnerships with hundreds of health units, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions and community health centres, OPHA has succeeded in influencing and addressing specific public needs and challenges, as well as broader elements of health policy. These include promoting disease prevention and health promotion, narrowing health disparities and reducing poverty, preserving the environment and examining the build environment, leadership among public health professionals and more.
OPHA fosters and maintains strong relationships with numerous Ministries. OPHA’s track record of program development and advocacy, combined with its unique interdisciplinary approach to public health issues, has earned the organization a wealth of credibility as an active participant at the policy making table.
Mission, Vision and Values
OPHA's mission is to provide leadership on issues affecting the public's health and to strengthen the impact of people who are active in public and community health throughout Ontario.
OPHA achieves this mission by:
providing professional development opportunities and up-to-date information in community and public health issues
providing access and convening local, provincial and multi-disciplinary community health networks
developing mechanisms to identify and analyze public health issues from the variety of perspectives among its membership and broader communities
creating and maintaining advocacy initiatives with a province-wide perspective
leading the development of expertise in public and community health through collaboration, consultation and partnerships
The Ontario Public Health Association will be a dynamic and innovative force, enhancing and reshaping public health.
This vision relies on the continued development of a strong contingent of professionals and volunteers leading public health reform in Ontario. OPHA will continually increase capacity for policy analysis, foster strong strategic links and creative collaborations with other health organizations, develop effectiveness in advocacy and earn the credibility and respect required to exercise a positive influence with politicians and decision-makers at the policy-making table.
OPHA seeks to be an independent voice for a broadly defined conception of public health — a dynamic organization that promotes:
OPHA is committed to the highest ethical and professional standard of openness, responsibility and accountability in the conduct of its organizational affairs.
inclusivity and diversity
fostering active and mutually-rewarding partnerships
volunteerism and valuing volunteer contributions
recognition of public health as an integral part of a publicly-funded Canadian and Ontario health system.