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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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:



July 29, 2020
The #PublicHealthHeroes campaign was created with the intention to thank and recognize those who are working tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic and every day to make a difference! We invited people in all sectors to learn more about the many roles of public health, and what this work looks like behind the scenes. Thanks to everyone who helped us to spread the word. You can see from the infographic summary that we have made great progress around our goal of raising awareness about the important work that public health  does to keep communities healthy and safe. We were especially pleased to see the almost 20,000 impressions and 3,000 gallery views as well as the campaign being featured in Hospital News Public health and health Care: Partners in tackling COVID-19, which has a readership of over 60,000. 

In recognition of those efforts and due to popular demand, we are launching #PublicHealthHeroesStories. This next wave will create space for those who want to share some reflections around their COVID-19 related experiences and/or forward-looking ideas for public health in Ontario. See below for more details around submissions and possible topic areas.  We invite you to share this information broadly with any colleagues you feel may have an interest in participating.

Please find outlined below more details on #PublicHealthHeroesStories.
  • Submission due date: August 17, 2020
  • Submission contact: Please send stories to MSanderson@opha.on.ca
  • Possible topic areas:
    1. What you or your team would like to see for the future of public health
    2. Experiences/reflections around what you or your team have learned while working behind the scenes during these unprecedented times for public health
  • Suggested length: is between 150 - 250 words
  • Image requirements (optional):
    • images can be of something that inspires you or your team or anything that is relevant to your submission
    • image files should be formatted as JPG, GIF, or PNG
    • maximum file size of 1MB for images
    • recommended image width 564px
    • please ensure that any people in your images have expressed consent before sharing it
  • How the information will be showcased: we will feature submissions in OPHA's e-bulletin newsletter, as well as potentially in a blog-style OPHA webpage dedicated to the #PublicHealthHeroes topic area as well as other OPHA communication efforts to promote the work of public health. 
Thank you for your consideration and for the critical work that so many of you and your colleagues are doing to keep our communities healthy and safe.

Pegeen and the OPHA Team 

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