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:

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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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PHAC Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund


Healthy Kids Resource Centres: Lessons on Partnership

With the funding for Ontario’s health promotion resource centres coming to a close, the HKRC wanted to share what we have learned as a result of working in partnership to support HKCC communities.

Rethink Your Drinking: Cancer Matters

What was in your glass when you toasted in the New Year matters more than you may think.

Ontario’s Preventable Chronic Disease Crisis

Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in Ontario yet research shows that many of these chronic diseases can be prevented.

Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to get cancer

Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, according to a new report – Canadian Cancer Statistics 2017 – released today by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS).

Where you live in Ontario could determine your risk of a heart attack & more

People living in parts of Ontario with better access to preventive health care had lower rates of cardiac events compared to residents of regions with less access, found a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Study Provides Insights for Targeted Cancer Prevention in Erie St. Clair

A study by Cancer Care Ontario in partnership with Lambton Public Health looked at tobacco smoking and excess body weight among residents of the Erie St. Clair region.

World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2016

Millions of people across the world take part in World Hepatitis Day to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and to call for access to treatment, better prevention programs and government action.

Ontario Investing $53.5 Million in Non-Profit Organizations

Province Supporting 326 Community Projects Across Ontario

Ontario Accepting Applications for Environmental Excellence Award

2015 Award Will Highlight Innovative Efforts to Fight Climate Change

Worldwide Alcohol Use and Canadian Policy

OPHA Alcohol Prevention Workgroup

Rethinking fluoride after 70 years

Letter to the Editor by the Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry

Ontario Launches Public Consultations to Improve Access to Affordable Housing

Province Making Progress on Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy

Expert Panel to Develop Health Care Plan for Scarborough and West Durham Region

Helping Local Hospitals Work Together to Deliver Better Integrated Care

Cap and Trade System to Limit Greenhouse Gas Pollution in Ontario

Provincial System will Reward Innovative Companies and Create More Opportunities for Investment in Ontario

New Affordable Rental Housing in Ottawa

By the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

New Poverty Reduction Strategy Aims to End Homelessness

Realizing the Potential of All Ontarians

The Importance of Healthy Living Survey Results

By Sudbury & District Health Unit

15 ways that the Ontario Budget affects health

Summary of 15 key measures affecting health and the determinants of health

Promoting Public Health Through Public Art in the Digital Age

From the American Journal of Public Health

Active Transportation Report: A Call to Action

By the Huron County Health Unit

Public Health--It's All Around You

Sudbury & District Health Unit’s 2013 Annual Report

Taking Steps to Fight Climate Change, Protect Health

Legislation Would Prohibit Coal-Fired Power in Ontario Permanently

Heart and Stroke Foundation Stroke Report 2014

Death rates from stroke have greatly decreased over past 10 years, but with an aging population and an increase in younger people having strokes, can the system keep up?

"Love My Life" Documentary: Engagement in the Arts for Health and Wellbeing

alPHa's 2013-2014 Annual Report is now available for viewing.

Research Participants Needed

Research Participants Needed--Key Informant Interviews, Women’s Experience of Long Term Disability, The Wellesley Institute

A call to action to end newborn deaths

By the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

Economic Burden of Illness in Canada

By the Public Health Agency of Canada

Increasing opportunities for children living with intellectual disabilities to participate in physical activity

Government of Canada partnering with Special Olympics Canada, the RBC Foundation and the Samuel Family Foundation to expand Active Start and FUNdamentals programs

New Resources by Best Start

By Health Nexus

Online Learning for Parents-To-Be

By the North Bay Berry Sound District Health Unit

Men's Health Week

By the Public Health Agency of Canada

Climate Change Mitigation: Assessing Strategies that Offer Potential Human Health Benefits

By Julia R. Barrett, MS, ELS, a Madison, WI–based science writer and editor, has written for EHP since 1996. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences.

#Youth2015: young people unite at UN forum to shape future development agenda

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening session of the 2014 Economic and Social Council Youth Forum

European status report on alcohol and health 2014

Marketing of alcoholic beverages

Local Foods Grow Healthy, Happy, Successful Students

Breakfast and Snack Programs Receive Local Produce in JustFood Boxes

Government of Canada Supports Global Efforts in Health

Taking collaborative action on maternal and child health, violence prevention, antimicrobial resistance, and public health emergencies

Saving Every Woman Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach

Canada pledges additional $3.5B to maternal, child health initiative

New Horizons for Seniors Program: 2014-2015 Call for Proposals for Community-Based Projects

Ontario Health Promotion E-Bulletin, 23 May 2014 - OHPE Bulletin 843, Volume 2014, No. 843

How can knowledge exchange portals assist in knowledge management for evidence-informed decision making in public health?

By Emma Quinn, Carmen Huckel-Schneider, Danielle Campbell, Holly Seale and Andrew J Milat

Aboriginal Food Security in Northern Canada: An Assessment of the State of Knowledge

Ontario Health Promotion E-Bulletin, 23 May 2014 - OHPE Bulletin 843, Volume 2014, No. 843

New Tobacco Products Directive: an achievement for public health in Europe

By Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health

World Health Statistics 2014

Large gains in life expectancy

WHO calls for stronger focus on adolescent health

Road traffic injuries, HIV/AIDS, suicide are top causes of death; Depression is number 1 cause of illness and disability

Building a Common Language: CMHA Ontario Starts Dialogue About Equity and Mental Health

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, has released a new report to the mental health and addictions sector.

Driving eHealth from promise to reality

Dr. Clemens Martin Auer, Co-Chair eHealth Network and Director General of Ministry of Health, Austria

National Mental Health Week - May 5-11, 2014

Public Health Agency of Canada

WHO’s first global report on antibiotic resistance reveals serious, worldwide threat to public health

New WHO report provides the most comprehensive picture of antibiotic resistance to date, with data from 114 countries

Budget 2014: Building Opportunity, Securing Our Future

2014 Ontario Budget Lays Out Plan to Create Jobs and Grow the Economy, Build Modern Transit and Infrastructure, and Help Ontarians with Their Retirement

Minister Ambrose announces new appointment to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Dr. Lori West will contribute her vast research and clinical experience in guiding Canada's health research investment agency and its efforts to improve the health of Canadians

Improving Access to Routine Health Procedures

Ontario Establishing Non-Profit Community-Based Specialty Clinics

Report States Urgent Oral Care Accounts for 1,000+ Visits Annually to Emergency Room

2013 Oral Health Status Report Highlights Need for Better Access to Dental Care for Low-Income Residents

Improving Access to Care for Expecting Mothers in the GTA

Ontario Helping HIV-Positive Mothers Deliver Healthy Babies

World malaria report 2013 shows major progress in fight against malaria, calls for sustained financing

Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by...

Canada Firmly Committed to Global Health Security

Today, at the fourteenth Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI) Ministerial Meeting in Rome, Italy, the Honourable Rona Ambrose...

Canada to Take Part in G8 Dementia Summit and Global Health Security Meetings

Bringing Canada’s perspective to addressing dementia and health emergency preparedness and response

UNICEF and WHO appeal for improved access to children

Over 23 million children to be vaccinated in mass polio immunization campaign across Middle East

New Measures to Manage Public Sector Compensation Costs

Ontario Government Takes Strong Measures to Control Spending

Consultations on the Development of a Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention

The Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention Act (the Act) received Royal Assent on December 14, 2012, requiring the Government of Canada...

Ontario Helping HIV-Positive Mothers Deliver Healthy Babies

Ontario is helping more HIV-positive mothers and women at risk of HIV get the care they need to deliver healthy babies.

Proposed Menu Labelling Legislation for Ontario

The Medical Officer of Health recommends that

World AIDS Day

A Message from the Minister of Health of Canada

Skills Enhancement for Public Health

Skills Enhancement for Public Health: Skills Online - Video

Government of Canada announces investment in healthy living to reduce risk of diabetes

Multi-sectoral partnership targets rural and remote communities

Helping More Seniors Get Care They Need at Home

Ontario Improving Access to Home and Community Care in the London Area

TPH launches BodySafe

Toronto Public Health has launched a new website called BodySafe for inspection results and for complaints about hair salons, barbershops, tattoos, piercings, nails or aesthetics establishments.

Adolescents falling through gaps in HIV services

WHO and UNICEF release a joint statement on the neglected group of adolescents who are not receiving the care and support that they need from HIV services.

Canada ranks poorly in diabetes, obesity

Canadians' stroke survival rate and life expectancy at birth better than global averages

Nutritional quality of fast food items on Kids' Menus

A new study that compares the nutritional content of kids' menus in fast food restaurants has been published in the journal Public Health Nutrition.

Strategic Plan: Evidence, knowledge and action for a healthier Ontario

2014-2019 Strategic Plan: Evidence, knowledge and action for a healthier Ontario.

Call for Applications - 2013-2014 Dick Martin Scholarship Award for Students

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety - This annual, national award is offered to students enrolled in an occupational health and safety course or program in an accredited Canadian college or university, leading to an occupational health and safety certificate, diploma or degree.

Addressing Obesity in Children and Youth

Public Health Ontario (PHO) is proud to announce the release of Addressing Obesity in Children and Youth: Evidence to Guide Action for Ontario.