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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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.

The OPHA leads the development of expertise in public and community health through collaboration, consultation and partnerships. Learn more about our Constituent Societies here.

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OPHA's Award of Excellence 2020

OPHA's Award of Excellence 2020

November 2, 2020
The Award of Excellence is presented to public health professionals who have contributed in numerous ways to the health and well-being of Ontarians. These recipients are instrumental in leading social change and making community health advancements.
This year, OPHA was delighted to be able to bring a spotlight to Mary Ellen's exceptional work and honour her contributions by conferring her with OPHA’s Award of Excellence.
Mary Ellen is a Registered Dietitian and Health Promotion Specialist at Hamilton Public Health where she supports and works with many local community organizations such as Basic Income Hamilton, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton to raise awareness about the impact of household food insecurity and the need for income based strategies to effect change. She also serves as a mentor to dietetic and Masters’ students.
Along with leading change at the local level, Mary Ellen has been making her mark at the provincial and national level too. Mary Ellen works tirelessly to support her colleagues across Ontario’s 34 public health units to coordinate action on this issue. As co-chair of the Ontario Dietitians in Public Health Food Insecurity Workgroup, she has led the development of numerous initiatives including:
  • The Association’s Position Statement on Responses to Food Insecurity
  • No Money for Food is … Cent$less, a campaign to put food insecurity on the government’s policy agenda; and
  • resources to support monitoring food affordability.
Mary Ellen has used every avenue possible to make her message heard and influence action.  From media interviews, letters, publications, policy submissions, presenting at national and provincial forums to attending government consultations on topics such as the federal Poverty Reduction Strategy, increasing social assistance rates, household food insecurity measurement, and the Ontario Basic Income Pilot. Organizations such as alPHa, Dietitians of Canada, the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario have sought out her advice to guide their work.
Last year, Mary Ellen was instrumental in influencing the Ministry of Health to include the household food security survey module in Statistics Canada’s 2019-2020 Canadian Community Health Survey, something that was missing for Ontario in the previous survey.  This 18 question module will reveal critical information about the state of food security in Ontario households.

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