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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NRC Webinar - Preventing Chronic Disease in Primary Care

NRC Webinar - Preventing Chronic Disease in Primary Care


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The growing prevalence of diabetes and other chronic diseases in Ontario reinforces the need for evidence-based, targeted, population-level prevention strategies and programs. As such, the Government of Ontario has committed to helping Ontarians lead healthy lives by investing in programs and services that target risk factors among a range of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

In this webinar, you will learn about Ontario's Primary Care Diabetes Prevention Program (PCDPP) - Group Lifestyle BalanceTM, an internationally recognized, best practice program consistently shown to be effective in reducing risk for diabetes and other chronic diseases. You will learn about the results of Ontario's demonstration project to pilot the program in Family Health Teams across Ontario and hear stories from the field and practical considerations from Ontario's PCDPP Lifestyle Coaches and Master Trainers who have firsthand knowledge and experience running the program since its inception in 2011. You will also be introduced to an exciting new implementation manual to support your organization to plan, implement and evaluate this program.


Webinar objectives
  • Provide the history and evidence supporting Group Lifestyle BalanceTM (GLB)
  • Provide the history and evidence supporting Ontario's PCDPP and its demonstration project
  • Describe adaptations to GLB as appropriate for the Ontario/Canadian context, including a food-focused approach
  • Showcase Family Health Team/pilot sites who are experienced in running PCDPP and various ways it can be implemented and adapted to meet the needs of a range of organizations/sites across Ontario
  • Introduce the manual - Ontario's Primary Care Diabetes Prevention Program - Implementation Manual for Your Primary Care Organization
  • Consider the application of the manual to support planning, implementation and evaluation of the manual in new sites across Ontario
  • Provide details regarding Lifestyle Coach training and supports available in Ontario for the PCDPP


Kaye Kramer, DrPH, MPH, RN, CCRC
Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Gradaute School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

Linda Semler, MS, RD, LDN
Senior Research Manager, Department of Health and Physical Activity
University of Pittsburgh

Michael Hillmer, MSc, PhD
Executive Director, Information Management, Data and Analytics, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Sarah Pink, RD, CDE
GLB LIfestyle Coach/Master Trainer, Mount Forest Family Health Team

Given Cortes, BA, TRS, RMT
GLB Lifestyle Coach/Master Trainer, Assiginack Family Health Team

Diane Horrigan, RN, CDE
GLB Lifestyle Coach/Master Trainer, Mount Forest Family Health Team

Donna Smith, MPH, RD
Policy and Program Consultant, Nutrition Resource Centre at Ontario Public Health Association



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