TPH, Sudbury, Simcoe-Muskoka Congratulations to three alPHa member public health units for meeting Canada Health Infoway's Public Health Social Media Challenge - Toronto [1st Place], Sudbury [2nd Place] and Simcoe-Muskoka [Judges' Award for Innovation]
July 16 2015 - The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN) conducted a cross-sectional analysis among individuals aged 15 and older to evaluate rates of opioid prescribing and opioid toxicity-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits, by county and age between 2006-2010 and 2011-2013. An interactive map displaying the opioid prescribing and toxicity-related hospital visit rates in Ontario by county, as outlined in the report can be found here: http://odprn.ca/opioid-prescribing-and-hospital-visits/
2014 Healthy Rural Communities Toolkit was developed as a Locally-Driven Collaborative Project funded by Public Health Ontario. This tool kit identifies land use and development strategies that can help to enhance the rural built environment and contribute to positive quality of life and health outcomes. The tool kit brings a rural lens to issues that are often viewed from an urban perspective. Numerous examples and innovative practices from across the province are profiled. This tool kit recognizes many characteristics associated with rural communities including a low density population, a declining population in some areas, aging citizens, youth out-migration, rural land uses and an economy that is significantly different from that of urban Ontario.
September 4 2014 "Ontario’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy, Breaking the Cycle, released in 2008, demonstrates that a concerted focus on poverty reduction makes a difference. Ontario has already made significant progress towards reducing poverty in the province. But we recognize that this is a multi-faceted, complex problem. We need a sustained, comprehensive, flexible and results-driven approach. As we heard in our consultations, we need to recognize that poverty has many faces and that tackling this challenge requires a shared effort.
The new Poverty Reduction Strategy — Realizing Our Potential — will expand our poverty reduction efforts to reach more vulnerable people and will continue to reduce poverty in Ontario."
September 2013 report by the Wellesley Institute: The Real Cost Of Removing Water Fluoridation - A Health Equity Impact Assessment. The report was produced as the result of a request from the alPHa-OPHA Health Equity Working Group.
July 10 2013 report, Connecting the Dots: How Ontario Public Health Units are Addressing Child and Youth Mental Health. Final report of the research study conducted by CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre, Public Health Ontario and Toronto Public Health.
Mental health is a key component of overall health and well being. However, the role of public health in mental health in Ontario has not been well-described. For instance, the Ontario Public Health Standards lack an explicit mandate to address mental health despite the obvious links with our core business of preventing illness and promoting health.
The purpose of this research study was to understand how Ontario’s 36 public health units address and promote mental health in children and youth.
May 16 2013 outline of various alPHa positions and statements as they relate to the recommendations of the Healthy Kids Panel. Presented in chart form, with hyperlinks to many of alPHa's related resolutions and correspondence.
May 2013 Position Paper of the Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH) in support menu labelling legislation requiring the prominent display of calorie and sodium content of food items at the point of sale in restaurants in Ontario, as an important step toward creating healthy and supportive food environments for Ontarians.
January 8, 2013 Living Longer, Living Well. Highlights and key recommendations from the report submitted to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the Minister Responsible for Seniors on recommendations to inform a Seniors Strategy for Ontario by Dr. Samir K. Sinha, Provincial Lead, Ontario's Seniors Strategy.
October 2012 - This report was compiled by a group of public health and dental health experts to examine the current status of, and various policy options for, publicly funded oral health care programs with the aim of maximizing efforts to maintain and improve the health of Ontarians.
2011 - A multi-sector provincial working group that was co-led by the LHINs and public health has developed a framework for falls prevention at the local and provincial levels to ensure a consistent approach to preventing falls across the province.
2011 Un groupe de travail multisectoriel provincial est codirigé par les RLISS et les bureaux de santé publique. Ce groupe a créé un cadre de gestion intégrée pour la prévention des chutes aux échelles locale et provinciale en vue d’adopter une approche uniforme concernant la prévention des chutes dans toute la province.
2011 Letter to the IPC that includes alPHa's position on The Essential Role of Unique Identifiers in Public Health Practice as well as a tool kit and training materials for use by local public health agencies as they manage personal health information.
December 2010 - findings of an online survey of Ontario’s health units to map out the scope of local public health activities and needs in addressing health inequities, social determinants of health (SDOH) and/or poverty reduction