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.

Community Food Advisor website

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:

New Professionals

New Professionals

Ebola & Risk Communication: An Analysis of President Obama’s Weekly Address

This month’s NPWG blog addresses effective #riskcommunication with an analysis of President Obama’s #WeeklyAddress #ebola

Another Year, Another Opportunity to Shine

October 2014 NPWG Blog Post

Our Story: The Birth of the New Professionals Working Group

June blog post by the New Professionals Workgroup

Public Health & the Media: Minimum Wage

New blog post by the New Professionals Workgroup!

Public Health: A Career in Lifelong Learning

By the New Professionals Workgroup

Food for Thought

It is an exciting time for me and many other Master’s students and dietetic interns. We are close to entering the workforce and the opportunities seem boundless!

Landing Your First Job in Public Health: Lessons Learned

Eric Nadalin reflects on the lessons he learned when entering the public health workforce.

Why Engagement Is Important to Me

Welcome to the inaugural post of the Students and New Professionals Working Group Blog!
The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is a hub for professional public health activities in the province and has much to offer students and new professionals. The New Professionals Working Group (NPWG) was created in 2013 to magnify the opportunities for those starting out in the public health field within the OPHA.  In 2015, the New Professionals Working Group has been rebranded to become the New Professionals Network (NPN).

By providing members with opportunities and a platform for professional development, network building, engagement opportunities, and continuous learning, the NPN offers an edge to those pursuing employment or career advancement in public health. Through its close affiliation and collaboration with the OPHA, the NPN works to engage student and new professional members by creating access to resources and knowledge-sharing through social media, web, and organization-wide, as well as providing various networking opportunities with peers as well as professionals at all levels in the industry.

The Mission/Mandate

The New Professionals Network provides a platform for students and new professionals, enabling networking, knowledge-sharing and growth, to increase value and benefits to those working towards a career in public health in Ontario. 

Core Activities
  • Hosting professional networking events, both formal and informal, bringing together peers and professionals at all levels in public health
  • Collaborating with academic and professional organizations to provide recognition and career advancement opportunities.
  • Supporting students and new professionals in their public health career through knowledge-sharing and skills-building, such as career webinar series
  • Harnessing social media and Web 2.0 to showcase OPHA members and connect students and new professionals to opportunities

2019-20 NPN Chairing Committee

Members of the chairing committee are based across the province and range in their academic and professional backgrounds, providing a diverse and representative body of experience in public health.


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Public Health Perspectives

The Public Health Perspectives a blog hosted by the New Professionals Network, showcases the talent and expertise of student and new professional OPHA members. Blog posts cover hot topics including internship and early work experiences, the “backpack to briefcase” transition, and current issues in public health practice. 

Upcoming events

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