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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:

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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.



The Fall Forum is the OPHA’s premier event of the year and serves as a key knowledge exchange and networking opportunity around Ontario’s most important emerging public health issues.

2015 Fall Forum Program

OPHA's 2015 Forum theme is A Strong Voice.

Public health continues to be a leading and important voice for protecting and promoting the health of Ontarians. However, there are other voices striving for the attention of policy makers and the public. Public health's goal of creating health-promoting environmental and social conditions through public policy is not universally shared. Furthermore, public confusion about health persists as a growing number of voices spread conflicting messages that directly undermine the public's health. Among so many voices, how can public health continue to be a strong voice for healthy public policy? How can public health more effectively engage the wider society and build public support for public health issues? We will explore the answers to these questions at this year's Forum.



Forum learning objectives

At this year's Forum, participants will:
  • Explore how to address challenges to public health advocacy
  • Discuss how to work collaboratively across sectors on public health advocacy initiatives
  • Explore how public health can effectively lead social change and build public support for public health issues
  • Learn from the experiences of local, provincial, and national public health advocacy initiatives

Topics include
  • Media advocacy
  • Addressing current challenges to public health advocacy
  • Lessons from successes and failures
  • The role of evidence in advocacy
  • Advancing health priorities in non-health sectors
  • Addressing negative media
  • Addressing public distrust and misperceptions of science
And much more!

Confirmed speakers

Robert Solomon LLB LLM, Distinguished University Professor, Faculty of Law, Western University; National Director of Legal Policy, Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Ritika Goel, MD, MPH, Family Physician, Inner City Family Health Team

Larry Wallack, PhD, Professor of Public Health, Portland State University; Senior Fellow, Berkely Media Studies Group

Steve Ladurantaye, Twitter Canada

Carol Clavier, PhD, Professor, Universite du Quebec a Montreal

Katie Gibbs, PhD, Executive Director, Evidence for Democracy

And many more!

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Many more to come! VIEW FULL PROGRAM HERE!


Past Fall Forum programs

2014 Final Program
2013 Final Program
2012 Final Program
2011 Final Program
2010 Final Program

Upcoming events

Career Planning Workshop