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:

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Health Human Resourcing


Health Human Resourcing: Forecasting Human Resource Needs for Public Health in Ontario

A recent scoping review conducted by OPHA revealed a number of issues with the current research and enumeration data of the public health workforce. These include: a lack of overall evidence and data in Canada, inconsistent workforce taxonomy and reporting methodology, and weak justification for recommended workforce levels. Furthermore, there is a paucity of research forecasting the future needs of the public health workforce in Canada, including the province of Ontario. These issues seriously hinder proper workforce development and planning for Ontario’s public health system.

OPHA is therefore interested in better understanding the future staffing levels needed in specific disciplines of Ontario’s public health workforce. Various demographic, economic, social, educational, and health indicator parameters will be integrated into different forecasting models to determine the projected full-time equivalents that will be needed in the future. This will be a collaborative effort with various associations and organizations representing various public health disciplines.

An adequately staffed, trained, and motivated workforce is critical to effectively protect and promote the health of Ontarians. The findings of this novel project may strengthen the evidence-base to inform proper workforce planning for Ontario’s public health workforce.

Upcoming events

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