Leadership Centre

Supporting leadership capacity building within Ontario.

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Enhancing leadership competencies, facilitating thoughtful discussion and examination of leadership issues for public health professionals.

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Community Food Advisor

Promoting safe and nutritious food selection, preparation and storage practices.

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Community Food Advisors work in their community to improve and promote safe and healthy food selection, preparation, and storage practices.

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Public Health and You

Your questions about public health answered...all in one place.

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Learn about why public health plays a vital role in ensuring the health of communities across Ontario!

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Ontario Public Health Association

Committed to improving the health of Ontarians.

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Since 1949, OPHA has served as a catalyst for development in the Public Health sector.

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Nutrition Resource Centre

Credible public health nutrition at your fingertips.

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Strengthening the capacity of health professionals across all care settings and in all communities across Ontario.

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The OPHA is a not‐for‐profit member‐based association that provides leadership in advancing public health in Ontario. Our Association represents six public and community health disciplines and our membership represents many public health and community health professionals from Ontario. To learn more about us, our structure, strategic direction, or membership, please visit the following links:

The OPHA provides leadership on issues affecting the public's health and works to strengthen the impact of people who are active in public and community health throughout Ontario. For more information, please visit the following pages:

The OPHA creates and maintains advocacy initiatives with a province-wide perspective. For more information, please visit the following pages:

The OPHA leads the development of expertise in public and community health through collaboration, consultation and partnerships. Learn more about our Constituent Societies here.

This is a hub of useful OPHA and partner resources in the field of public health. Resource topics include advocacy, health equity, chronic disease prevention, environmental health, health promotion, and more.

This section includes the latest news about the OPHA and its programs, upcoming OPHA events, and other news of interest to the public health sector. For more information, please visit the following pages:

The OPHA Member’s Lounge is a dedicated space reserved for our OPHA members to store and access important information and exclusive resources. The Lounge includes the following:

This page lists all of this reports, toolkits, or recordings from our most popular live webinars from noted public health figures that are available for purchase in our online store.

OPHA Board

OPHA Board

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the OPHA — a voluntary association of individuals and Constituent Societies from various sectors and disciplines who have an interest in promoting and optimizing the health of the people of Ontario. The Board of Directors is responsible for managing the affairs of the OPHA according to by-laws and a Strategic Plan approved through voting by the membership.

2016/17 OPHA Board of Directors

Ellen Wodchis

President Elect 
Karen Ellis-Scharfenberg

Kevin Churchill

Jo Ann Tober

John Garcia
Fran Scott
Deb Keen
Marty Mako
Julia Roitenberg
Alex Mayer

Linda Stewart


2016/17 Constituent Society Representatives

 Association of Public Health Nursing Leaders Of Ontario
Hamida Bhimani

Association of Ontario Health Centres
Bob Walsh

Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario (APHEO)
Jasantha Naidoo

Association of Supervisors of Public Health Inspectors of Ontario
Jane Lyster

Canadian Institute Of Public Health Inspectors - Ontario 
John Canon

Community Health Nurses' Initiatives Group - Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
Patricia Donnelly

Health Promotion Ontario
Keta Shankardass

Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry
Lisa Demaline

Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health  (OSNPPH)
Lindsay Davidson

Upcoming events

OPHA Lean Sigma White Belt Workshop
OPHA Lean Sigma Yellow Belt Workshop 2017
Annual Nutrition Exchange