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:

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:




Each year, OPHA recognizes outstanding contributions to the practice of public health in Ontario by conferring a prestigious roster of awards to deserving individuals. These include the following: 

Award of Excellence
Public health professionals are contributing in numerous ways to the health and well-being of Ontarians. They are instrumental in leading social change and making community health advancements.

Through its Award of Excellence, OPHA would like to recognize those that are leading such public health interventions — the kind that attracts the necessary public and political support, health advocates who educate policymakers, the media and the public about the social and economic benefits of public health and prevention.

Do you know a Public Health Champion who have led such initiatives, whose dedication has changed lives and improved a community? If so, please take a few minutes to nominate these leaders for this award. 

Legacy Award
Do you know a leader that has made an outstanding contribution to the health of Ontarians?

OPHA would like to recognize the work of these leaders in public health and asks for your help in finding the right candidates. Please take 5 minutes of your time to nominate a leader for OPHA’s Honorary Award.

Community Partner Award
Have you and your community partners make a positive contribution towards reducing health inequities. If so, we would like to hear from you and recognize these achievements as the recipient of OPHA’s Community Partner Award.
Take a look back at the health equity related projects that you, your team and community partners have executed within the last two years and consider entering them in this year's awards program.

Sheela Basrur Award
The late Dr. Sheela Basrur left an impressive legacy as a champion for a strong and dynamic public health system.

Do you know a current full or part time student enrolled in an area related to public health at the undergrad and graduate level (e.g. MPH, Nursing, Medicine, Health Policy, etc.) who demonstrates the leadership qualities exemplified by the late Dr. Sheela Basrur and is already making a difference in their chosen field.

If so, please consider putting forward their name for the Sheela Basrur Award.
Nominations for this award will take place in Winter 2019.

If you are unable to see the form below, please click here.


Past Winners

2017 OPHA Awards Winners
2016 OPHA Award Winners
2015 OPHA Award Winners
2014 OPHA Award Winners
2013 OPHA Award Winners
2012 OPHA Award Winners
2011 OPHA Award Winners
2010 OPHA Award Winners
2007-2009 OPHA Award Winners

Upcoming events

Lean Sigma Yellow Belt Virtual Training
Resilience & Preventing Burnout and Anxiety
Public Health Career Development Workshop