Leadership Centre

Supporting leadership capacity building within Ontario.

Leadership Centre website

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

Visit site

Community Food Advisor

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

Community Food Advisor website

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

Visit site

Public Health and You

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

Public Health and You website

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

Visit site

Ontario Public Health Association

Committed to improving the health of Ontarians.

OPHA website

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

Visit site

Nutrition Resource Centre

Credible public health nutrition at your fingertips.

Nutrition Resource Centre website

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

Visit site
Contact Us

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:

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

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

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:

Engaging Priority Populations Resource


Engaging Priority Populations Resource

Engaging Priority Populations Resource
March 9, 2016
Durham Region Health Department’s Social Determinants of Health public health nurse team developed a resource, Engaging Priority Populations, to provide staff with a broad overview of community engagement and engaging with priority populations. The report is divided into two main sections. The first section provided a broad overview of community engagement, including key concepts, principles, benefits and challenges – the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of community engagement. The next section shifts focus to engaging priority populations, including why this is important, considerations regarding language used, and factors affecting access and engagement. Families with children were selected as a priority population that is relevant across the department and present in all communities of practice.
 
The resource was disseminated to health department staff through presentations that were tailored to each specific department/program area. An important learning is that it is quite challenging to develop a “one size fits all” resource on such a broad topic. Meeting with management prior to each presentation helped to identify relevant examples for that area. Another key learning is the importance of timing the launch to coincide with program planning activities. For a copy of this report, please contact: Shawna Eagles (shawna.eagles@durham.ca) or Nasreen Giga (nasreen.giga@durham.ca). 

Upcoming events

The Better Workplace Conference 2017
Improving Primary Care Together
Bring Food Home 2017