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:

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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.

Food Security

Food Security

The OPHA Food Security Network is committed to the following food security goals for Ontarians:

  • Food consumption patterns that maximize health and minimize disease;
  • Guaranteed means to access affordable, nutritious, and personally acceptable food;
  • A sustainable, safe, high-quality food supply;
  • A healthy and sustainable natural environment.

The Mission/Mandate

  • To co-operate with provincial and national food security groups;
  • To discuss issues, identify common ground and develop consensus among Active members on key policies and programs;
  • To impact food policy and programming in Ontario and nationally as applicable;
  • To co-ordinate a website to link organizations involved in food security in Ontario;
  • To advocate for sustainable staffing and funding in food security programs (may be based on paid positions with benefits);
  • To advocate for and offer support to develop mechanisms (such as food policy councils or inter-ministerial bodies) to co-ordinate the multi-sectoral and multi-jurisdictional initiatives to achieve food security in Ontario.

Current Activities

Canada is one of the 162 signatories to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which includes the right to adequate food. As a result, the OPHA Food Security working group has begun work on a resolution paper in support of the work of many key organizations which have made recommendations for a Canadian national food policy.
The food security working group believes that a national food policy in Canada is within reach, especially considering the body of research which already exists on this subject.  However, acceptance of, and implementation of, a national policy requires political will.  Collaboration between different sectors and all key stakeholders needed.
As the OPHA Food Security working group moves forward on the development of a position paper in support of a Canadian national food policy, OPHA members who have an interest in working with the group on this resolution are invited to join the Food Security working group. Please send any expression of interest to RobinK@opha.on.ca

Recent Accomplishments: 

  • In October 2013, the Workgroup submitted their comments on the Ontario Minimum Wage Review to the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel. 

2014-15 Members

Aileen MacMillan
Bernice Dookhan-Khan
Jessica Bihari
Laurie Michael
May Tao
Megan Charlish
Saman Khan

Upcoming events

OPHA Lean Sigma Yellow Belt Workshop 2017
Annual Nutrition Exchange
Baby Friendly Initiative EXPO 2017