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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

OPHA’s unique governance system includes the Board of Directors, bylaws and policies that help in decision making and render accountability. We are unique in having a large Board of Directors which includes representatives from our constituent societies, each of whom has a vote on the Board.

OPHA is a member-driven organization. Any member in good Standing is entitled to participate in the governance of the Association by attending OPHA meetings, running for a position on the Board of Directors, participating in and voting at the Annual General Meeting, submitting position papers to Membership for approval, participating in any OPHA workgroup, writing advocacy letters on behalf of OPHA, and much more.

2019/20 OPHA Board of Directors 

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the OPHA — a voluntary association of individuals and Constituent Societies from various sectors and disciplines who have an interest in promoting and optimizing the health of the people of Ontario. The Board of Directors is responsible for managing the affairs of the OPHA according to bylaws and a strategic plan approved through voting by the membership.


Karen Ellis-Scharfenberg

President Elect 

Lisa Demaline

Past President


Kevin Churchill


Larry Stinson


Kendra Cheeseman
Helen Doyle
Dr. Hammad Raza Durani
Joanne Enders
Elena Hasheminejad
Dr. Jacob Shelley



Loretta Ryan
Xavier Debane 

2018/19 Constituent Society Representatives

 Association of Public Health Nursing Leaders Of Ontario 

Fiona Kelly

Association of Ontario Health Centres 

Liben Gebremikael

Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario

Suzanne De Haney

Association of Supervisors of Public Health Inspectors of Ontario

Sylvanus Thompson

Canadian Institute Of Public Health Inspectors - Ontario 

John Cannan

Community Health Nurses' Initiatives Group - Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario 

Poonam Sharma

Health Promotion Ontario

Angela Andrews

Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry

Lisa Demaline

Ontario Society of Physical Activity Promoters in Public Health

Lisa Kaldeway

Ontario Dietitians in Public Health  (ODPH)

Lindsay Davidson

Ontario Association of Public Helath Nursing Leaders (OPHNL)

Tara Wincott