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Enhancing leadership competencies, facilitating thoughtful discussion and examination of leadership issues for public health professionals.

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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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Learn about why public health plays a vital role in ensuring the health of communities across Ontario!

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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

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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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Worldwide Alcohol Use and Canadian Policy


Worldwide Alcohol Use and Canadian Policy

Worldwide Alcohol Use and Canadian Policy
June 30, 2015
OPHA Alcohol Prevention Workgroup - In May 2015, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use: Economics and Public Health Policy.   This report recognizes the social role of alcohol in our communities, the use of alcohol to intoxicate throughout history, as well as its harmful effects.
 
Alcohol is a contributing factor in over 60 different diseases and health risks.  The report underlines that alcohol accounts for 1 in 17 deaths worldwide in addition to numerous disabilities.  Alcohol also contributes to the GDP of many nations.  It is within this context that OPHA works with partners to influence policy, ultimately looking to change social norms around alcohol consumption and decrease health and community risks.
 
The OECD Insights blog Women and Children first – tackling harmful drinking illustrates the emotional separation between health consequences and norms of social drinking.  It highlights the increase in middle class women drinking wine regularly and the ongoing influence of sugary, candy flavored alcopops to increase the palatability of alcohol, especially for young drinkers.
 
Alcohol has saturated the fabric of our culture and both the private sector and governments are looking to increase access and availability for economic gain. Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use highlights who is drinking, the risky nature of that drinking and policy options for decreasing alcohol related harms. 

Upcoming events

Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry Conference
Neurovascular Connections
Serious Illness Conversation Workshop