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Enhancing leadership competencies, facilitating thoughtful discussion and examination of leadership issues for public health professionals.

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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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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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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.

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Provincial Alcohol Strategy

Provincial Alcohol Strategy

Provincial Alcohol Strategy
May 29, 2018
OPHA's Alcohol Workgroup is pleased to release their new infographic to raise awareness about alcohol harms in Ontario and the lack of a Provincial Alcohol Strategy.

Please share, like, and tweet the infographic below to help inform others how the provincial government plays an important role in shaping alcohol policies that impact our health and communites.


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A healthy alcohol culture is possible. #ONAlcoholStrategyNow to reduce harms and costs. bit.ly/2xpNvYI #ONpoli
Alcohol availability has increased more than 15% in the last 2 years. What’s the big deal bit.ly/2xpNvYI #ONAlcoholStrategyNow #ONpoli
It’s not just about individual choice and convenience. 1 in 3 Ontarians experience harm from someone else’s drinking. bit.ly/2xpNvYI #ONAlcoholStrategyNow #ONpoli
Did you know 66 hospitalizations per day in Ontario are 100% alcohol-related?
bit.ly/2xpNvYI #ONAlcoholStrategyNow #ONpoli
Regular alcohol use impacts both physical and mental health. #ONAlcoholStrategyNow for a healthier Ontario. bit.ly/2xpNvYI #ONpoli

We have been waiting more than 2 years for a Provincial Alcohol Strategy. Did you know Ontario spends $5.3 billion / year for alcohol related health care, enforcement and lost productivity? It’s time to support a healthy alcohol culture in Ontario. bit.ly/2xpNvYI #ONAlcoholStrategyNow #ONpoli
It’s not just about individual choice and convenience. Increasing availability makes it easier to buy alcohol, especially for someone who is: intoxicated, underage, or has an alcohol use problem. bit.ly/2xpNvYI #ONAlcoholStrategyNow #ONpoli
Regular alcohol consumption can impact both physical and mental health. Support a provincial alcohol strategy for a healthier Ontario. bit.ly/2xpNvYI #ONAlcoholStrategyNow #ONpoli

  1. Government of Ontario, Office of the Premier. News release: Ontario Developing Policy to Support Responsible Alcohol Use (December 18, 2015). Available at:  https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2015/12/ontario-developing-policy-to-support-responsible-alcohol-use.html
  1. CAMH Provincial System Support Program, Alcohol Policy in Ontario Community of Interest. Infographic: Alcohol Availability in Ontario (February 27, 2018). Available at: http://eenet.ca/sites/default/files/2018/Alcohol%20Availability%20in%20Ontario%20Infographic.pdf
  1. Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance (ACES) System, Knowledge Management Division, KFL&A Public Health. Jan 2016-Dec 2017. (Ontario Emergency Department (ED) visits for alcohol abuse for ages 15+ include instances of intoxication, hbd (has been drinking), any mention of ‘alcohol’ and ‘etoh’ (*intoxication could indicate toxic effects of an undefined drug, but for this report, has been grouped as an alcohol related visit). Note: While there are currently 150 hospitals in Ontario reporting, the number of hospitals was not stable throughout the time the counts were tallied). Available at: http://www.kflaphi.ca/wp-content/uploads/Mental-Health-Surveillance-Report-201802.pdf
  1. Canadian Institute for Health Information. (2017). Alcohol Harm in Canada: Examining Hospitalizations Entirely Caused by Alcohol and Strategies to Reduce Harm. Ottawa, ON: CIHI. Available at: https://www.cihi.ca/sites/default/files/document/report-alcohol-hospitalizations-en-web.pdf
  1. Giesbrecht, N., Cukier, S., Steeves, D. (2010). Collateral damage from alcohol: implications of ‘second-hand effects of drinking’ for populations and health priorities. Addiction 105, 1323-25. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1360-0443.2009.02884.x/epdf

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