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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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:

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.

Health, Wellness and Chronic Disease Prevention

Health, Wellness and Chronic Disease Prevention

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The Health, Wellness and Chronic Disease Prevention (HWCDP) Workgroup advocates for action on prevention of chronic diseases and their risk factors as well as promotion of health, and wellness in Ontario.
The aim of workgroup is to inform the adoption and strengthening and effective implementation of, frameworks, policies and programs that address health and wellness and the management of chronic diseases. The workgroup also seeks to improve integration, collaboration, and coordination with stakeholders in the prevention of chronic disease and promote health and wellness across the province. 

Current Activities

The workgroup is currently focused on CDP topics/issues related to:

  • Patients’ First;
  • the Ontario Public Health Standards;
  • Plain and Standardized Packaging for Tobacco Products;
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Framework;
  • Federal-Provincial Health Accord;

The members within the Workgroup have to date formed two sub-groups that help to coordinate and inform the main activities of the Workgroup and Association at large, including:

  • The Patients’ First sub-group – working towards identifying and suggesting program and policy opportunities to integrate CDP into the Patients’ First health system transformation agenda;
  • The Ontario Public Health Standards sub-group – planning on providing feedback to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care during the revision of the Ontario Public Health Standards

Recent Accomplishments

  • The workgroup prepared and submitted a letter on behalf of OPHA in response to the consultation document, "Plain and Standardized Packing” for Tobacco Products that was issued by Health Canada. 


Meetings are held once a month (the first Friday) by teleconference. 

Join our Workgroup

If you are interested in getting involved or finding out more about what we do, please send us an email at: admin@opha.on.ca. **Must be an OPHA Member to join a workgroup.

Upcoming events

Serious Illness Conversation Workshop
Dementia Care Conference 2017
Introduction to Gender Diversity