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:

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.

This is a hub of useful OPHA and partner resources in the field of public health. Resource topics include advocacy, health equity, chronic disease prevention, environmental health, health promotion, and more.

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:

This page lists all of this reports, toolkits, or recordings from our most popular live webinars from noted public health figures that are available for purchase in our online store.

About Ontario Public Health Association

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About OPHA

Created in 1949, the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that brings together a broad spectrum of groups and individuals concerned about people’s health. OPHA’s members come from various backgrounds and sectors - from the various disciplines in public health, health care, academic, non-profit to the private sector.  They are united by OPHA’s mission of providing leadership on issues affecting the public’s health and strengthening the impact of people who are active in public and community health throughout Ontario. This mission is achieved through professional development, information and analysis on issues effecting community and public health, access to multidisciplinary networks, advocacy on health public policy and the provision of expertise and consultation.
 

 
Through their involvement in OPHA’s workgroups, networks and constituent  societies, OPHA members have been leading change on a wide range of issues -  tobacco control, poverty reduction, diabetes prevention, increased access to oral health care, immunization, supporting children and families, food security, healthy eating and nutrition, climate change and designing walkable communities, among others. 

Mission, Vision and Values

Mission

OPHA's mission is to provide leadership on issues affecting the public's health and to strengthen the impact of people who are active in public and community health throughout Ontario.

OPHA achieves this mission by:

  • providing professional development opportunities and up-to-date information in community and public health issues
  • providing access and convening local, provincial and multi-disciplinary community health networks
  • developing mechanisms to identify and analyze public health issues from the variety of perspectives among its membership and broader communities
  • creating and maintaining advocacy initiatives with a province-wide perspective
  • leading the development of expertise in public and community health through collaboration, consultation and partnerships

Vision

The Ontario Public Health Association will be a dynamic and innovative force, enhancing and reshaping public health.

This vision relies on the continued development of a strong contingent of professionals and volunteers leading public health reform in Ontario. OPHA will continually increase capacity for policy analysis, foster strong strategic links and creative collaborations with other health organizations, develop effectiveness in advocacy and earn the credibility and respect required to exercise a positive influence with politicians and decision-makers at the policy-making table.

Values

OPHA seeks to be an independent voice for a broadly defined conception of public health — a dynamic organization that promotes:

  • equity
  • social justice
  • inclusivity and diversity
  • fostering active and mutually-rewarding partnerships
  • volunteerism and valuing volunteer contributions
  • recognition of public health as an integral part of a publicly-funded Canadian and Ontario health system.
OPHA is committed to the highest ethical and professional standard of openness, responsibility and accountability in the conduct of its organizational affairs.

Upcoming events

Ambition Nutrition
Fake Food: What Can We Do About Food Fraud?
OPHA Lean Sigma Green Belt Workshop
Healthy School Communities National Forum