Sudbury & District Health Unit’s You Can Create Change campaign raises awareness of the social and economic factors that determine health and inspires people to take action. Check out their website and the ever-growing list of how people can make a difference. Learn more here.
In 2015, a survey was conducted with public health units in Ontario regarding the Rethink Your Drinking (RYD) Campaign. The purpose was to identify how public health units were using, promoting and adapting this campaign in their local area as well as determine the interest in adopting the RYD campaign as a province-wide public health-led initiative.
December 2015 MOHLTC Report on modernizing Ontario’s Publicly Funded Immunization Program. " Immunization 2020 is a first-of-its-kind roadmap for Ontario that will help our government and our partners achieve a high performing, integrated immunization system.
This report is the result of the survey of Ontario PHUs, which was conducted as a partnership between the Health Promotion Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Health Promotion Resource Centre (HPRC). Participants were employees from Ontario PHUs working in or overseeing mental health–related activities.
November 2015 report by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Department of Epidemiology, Planning, Evaluation, and Quality. On August 17, 2015 the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) invited all Ontario health units to complete an online survey to assess the ways in which client’s language needs are being addressed. This survey is part of a larger project that will seek to direct the development of a WECHU-wide language service plan. The language service plan will include an outline of the delivery and implementation of language services offered at the health unit along with the identification of priority languages.
October 2015 OSNPPH Position Statement on Responses to Food Insecurity, which recommends income security as a solution to food insecurity. It emphasizes exploration of a Basic Income Guarantee as a simpler and transparent approach to social assistance
August 2015 backgrounder was prepared to support resolutions on the issue of a basic income guarantee (BIG), being submitted to the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) and the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA).
July 16 2015 (Revised March 2016) - 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.