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:

Collaborative Leadership in Practice

Collaborative Leadership in Practice

Living equity in relationships and partnerships

The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) was pleased to have partnered with Health Nexus on a two-year bilingual project to strengthen collaborative and equitable leadership in the non-profit sector —specifically in the context of partnerships and networks.

The project will share research, resources and learning opportunities to:

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of processes and policies that centre equity-seeking communities in leadership and decision-making.
  • Develop organizational skills to implement equitable leadership, based on promising practices from six partnerships/networks across Ontario.
  • Facilitate a culture shift which recognizes the need to examine and redistribute power and resources to achieve more collective and equitable practices.

Within the project, OPHA undertook two main projects, a literature review  as well as a Learning Institute on Interectionality, Anti-Oppression and Collaborative Leadership in Practice. More details about these projects are described below.
Further information about the activities of the CLiP project and the related tools and resources can be found on the CLiP website and by clicking here.

Collaborative Leadership in Practice - Literature Review

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Two Day Learning Institute on Intersectionality, Anti-Oppression and Collaborative Leadership in Practice

On Friday September 30th and Saturday October 1st, the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) in partnership with Health Nexus, hosted a two day transformative learning event.

The learning institute was aimed at enhancing participants anti-oppression learning in a reflexive, creative, and interactive manner, augmenting participants skills, knowledge, and toolbox to strengthen their understandings and ability to actualize change.

Click here to watch Dr. Roberta Timothy discuss highlights of what we’re learning from the literature (12 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw24pcivExI
Watch the full December 2016 Webinar (62 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gcy43oW79xA&feature=youtu.be
As we work with others to influence policies and practices and address the determinants of health, the need to build equitable partnerships and networks is essential. Learning how to incorporate intersectionality and anti-oppression in collaborative leadership practices can promote empowered work environments, dynamic partnerships, allowing us to more effectively support those we serve. To Read the full program and review some of the key presentations (please add links to the presentations we have), go here.